Science in the 18th Century


    On Display

    The Boyle-Hooke vacuum pump, 1659.

    Reconstruction of the Boyle-Hooke vacuum pump of 1659.

    Electrical chimes

    The centrepiece of a set of scientific instruments made for King George III in 1761.

    Plate electrical machine, 1770.
    Stephen Charles Triboudet Demainbray, electrician and astronomer, 1750-1780.

    Silhouette of Stephen Charles Triboudet Demainbray (1710-1782)

    Rowley's original orrery, 1712-13.

    One of the first mechanical models of the solar system, made for the Earl of Orrery.


    Model of a machine which uses a series of ladles to lift water, made by Stephen Demainbray, teacher of George III.

    Theodolite, early 18th century.