Members of the Society enjoy regular opportunities to meet each other and share their passion for scientific instruments, old and new. Each year we organise both Short (1-3 day) and Long (5-7 days) Study Tours to significant collections of historic scientific instruments where we aim to provide members with special ‘behind-the-scenes’ visits to museums and private collections, where possible.
In the summer, we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and usually combine this with a sociable day visit to a relevant venue or collection within the UK.
In November, we hold our annual Turner Memorial Lecture in which a specialist speaker is invited to present a 50-min lecture followed by a medal presentation by our President. This event is open to both members and non-members and is available to watch online via Zoom or else in person at the Society of Antiquaries in London, followed by an informal evening of drinks and dinner.
More recently, we have supplemented our programme with a monthly series of ‘Fireside Chats’ in which members can present a short talk (20-25 mins) regarding an instrument or collection of their choice. These events can be viewed online via Zoom and are strictly for SIS members only.
Click on the calendar links below to find out more or else take a look at the Events Archive to get a flavour of our previous events.
An opportunity to enjoy a curator-led tour at the British Optical Association Museum, courtesy of incoming…
By Alexander Thekale Synopsis Numerous ivory diptch sundials are known in the standard literature and…
Presented by Tom Jackson, UK Example of an object owned by an institution (image by T. Jackson). This…
For previous events see the Events Archive.