The Museum for the History of Science examines the long history of the study of crystals, an endeavour known as crystallography.
This science began in the middle ages when these alluring natural minerals were believed to possess occult powers.
The early 20th century marked the advent of x-ray crystallography, pioneered by father and son William and Lawrence Bragg.
The display of crystals comes from the museum’s own collection as well as from Oxford University’s physics department and its Museum of Natural History.
2014 is the International Year of Crystallography.
Tue-Fri 12.00-17.00. Sat 10.00-17.00. Sun 14.00-17.00