Women and Science

Museum of the History of Science

2 March – 31 December 2018

An exhibition celebrating women who have been part of the scientific world, from the 18th century to the present day.

Colour Photograph of Miss Acland with her Portuguese Guitar (self portrait), Early 20th Century

In the centenary year of women winning the right to vote, there has been widespread recognition of the political role women have played in society.

This exhibition celebrates and explores the less well publicised contribution of women to science over the last 200 years.

Each woman featured is linked to the Museum of the History of Science, either through an item in the collections or by their connection to the University of Oxford.

The display includes Sarah Angelina Acland, who was a pioneer of colour photography in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, Mary Somerville, the 'Queen of 19th Century Science', and Caroline Herschel, an astronomer who discovered 6 new comets.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sun, 12 – 5pm​

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