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Fireside Chat ‘Guglielmo Marconi’s Magnetic Detectors in a Cigar Box: Biography of a Material Myth’

On-line, for SIS-members only.

Presented by Roberta Spada Magnetic detector in a cigar box on display at Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (IGB-2139) in a 1957 photograph. Archivio Fotografico Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (Milan, Italy), id. 2090, Sala Marconi, "Riproduzione del detector magnetico ideato e costruito da Guglielmo Marconi", Studio Sella, September …

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Short Study Tour Armagh Observatory, Northern Ireland, 2024

Armagh Observatory College Hill, Armagh, United Kingdom

Image courtesy of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium Founded in 1790 by Archbishop Robinson, Armagh Observatory is the oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland. This weekend visit will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore the site’s instrument collection and to see the nearby historic Armagh Robinson Library (also available as a flyer, which contains the …

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Fireside Chat ‘Why we collect – A brief history of the Bakken Museum’s collection of electro-medical devices’

On-line, for SIS-members only.

Presented by Adrian Fischer, USA Synopsis Image courtesy The Bakken Museum Collections. This presentation will look at the historical developments and changes within the Bakken Museum’s collections, with a special focus on electro-medical devices which represent the majority of the artefact collection. Started primarily as a research collection in the 1960s, the use and scope …

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Fireside Chat ‘College Heights Weather Station’

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Presented by Michael Trapasso, USA Synopsis The Roger Rees collection of aneroid barometers (image courtesy of Michael Trapasso). The College Heights Weather Station has been operating at Western Kentucky University since 1932. This fully functional weather station had served as a 'teaching laboratory' for meteorology students. With the retirement of its last director, and the …

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Fireside Chat: Creating digital records on shared public storage

On-line, for SIS-members only.

Presented by Tom Jackson, UK Example of an object owned by an institution (image by T. Jackson). This presentation provides one possible answer to the question of how to create and where to store digital records about objects of historical interest including the restoration of historic scientific instruments. In particular objects which are not owned …

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11th Gerard Turner Memorial Lecture 2023 and SIS Ruby Jubilee Celebration: ‘The Zuylenburgh Collection & the reminiscences of an antiques dealer’

Royal Automobile Club 89 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, United Kingdom

By Bert Degenaar, Netherlands, with an introduction by Huib Zuidervaart, Netherlands. Part 1: Collecting scientific instruments over time: the Zuylenburgh Collection in context Huib Zuidervaart Retired Senior Researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands Member of the Scientific Instrument Society Collecting scientific instruments as objects demonstrating the history of science is …

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55£

Fireside Chat “Antique mineralogical instruments – the Medenbach collection”

On-line, for SIS-members only.

Presented by Olaf Medenbach. Synopsis 3 petrographic microscopes by Nachet & Fils, Paris, ca. 1920, ca. 1880 and 1914 (from left). Mineralogy is a classical natural science and deals with the physical and chemical properties of minerals and synthetic crystals and materials. Though it might be defined as a branch of solid-state physics, the scientific …

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Fireside Chat ‘About Rare Masters of Nuremberg Ivory Diptych Dials’

On-line, for SIS-members only.

By Alexander Thekale Synopsis Numerous ivory diptch sundials are known in the standard literature and can be found in various museum collections. Most of them are made by members of the well-known families Karner, Miller, Tucher, Troschel and Reinman, and a few others with a limited number of surviving pieces. This is not, of course, …

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Scientific Instrument Society AGM 2023

British Optical Association Museum 42 Craven Street, London, United Kingdom

An opportunity to enjoy a curator-led tour at the British Optical Association Museum, courtesy of incoming SIS Chair, Neil Handley, PhD, AMA, FRSA The British Optical Association Museum at the College of Optometrists is the oldest museum of ophthalmic optics (optometry) in the world, established in 1901, and since its move almost adjacent to the …

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£15

Fireside Chat ‘Russian exploration and British navigational instruments in the beginning of the 19th century’

On-line, for SIS-members only.

By Feliks Gornischeff Synopsis Eight-day marine chronometer by Barrauds, London, c.1822 (Science Museum, inv.no. L2015-3494). My presentation will look at the use of British navigational instruments by Russian explorers in the beginning of the 19th century. In the talk, I will cover different British makers and their instruments, look at the role of Russian diplomatic …

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Long Study Tour to Boston and New England, USA

Boston Harbour (Photo by Mohan Nannapaneni, Pexels.com) Our Long Study Tour for 2023 will be an opportunity to discover historic collections and sites across Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. We are investigating visits to the following places (also available as a flyer): - Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments - Harvard College Observatory, including …

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Fireside Chat: Restoring Scientific Instruments – Aims and Methods

On-line, for SIS-members only.

A petrographic microscope No. II made by R. Fuess, Berlin/Steglitz before and after the restoration. The authentic restoration of scientific instruments is a technique, which needs comprehensive knowledge of technical methods and genuine recipes as well as craftsmanship and professional machinery. This talk presents the different degrees of restoration beginning from gentle cleaning to complete …

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