Historic Physics Collection


The Collection of Historic Physics Instruments comprises over 800 objects which broadly fall into two categories, the history of Physics teaching, and equipment developed at the University of Birmingham for pioneering experiments and research over the last century.  From early galvanometers and chart recorders to ray oscilloscopes and the latest digital technology, the collection demonstrates the evolution of physics instrumentation, before the advent of the computer, and the evolution of scholarship that follows naturally from this.

Parts of the Physics Collection are displayed within Physics Poynting Building. There are opportunities to see the collection in Behind the Scenes lectures and handling sessions with academics and museum staff.