100 years ago, the first group of women won the right to vote in the UK. In this centenary year, there is widespread recognition of the political role women have played in society.
But what about the vital contributions women have made to science over the centuries? For 2018 the Museum will be celebrating women throughout history who have contributed to our knowledge of the universe.
This display celebrates women who have been part of the scientific world, from the 1700s to the present day. Each scientific woman is linked to the Museum, either through an item in the collections or by their roles at the University of Oxford. It includes Sarah Angelina Acland, who was a pioneer of colour photography in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Mary Somerville, who was known as “The Queen of Nineteenth Century Science”.
Women have been involved in science for thousands of years as astronomers, mathematicians, instrument makers, and merchants.
Use this family trail to travel through our collections and find out about women like Caroline Herschel, an astronomer, and Ada Lovelace, a forerunner of computer coding.
Drop-in, ages 7+
In the Archives
A display of rarely seen material from the Museum’s archive featuring Sarah Acland, Elizabeth Hippisley and more.
Shout Out For Women Trail
This trail across the collections of Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums aims to highlight just some of the incredible women who are represented within our wonderful collections and buildings, from artists and scientists to curators.