Uncover the hidden tales of mathematics and discover how it has shaped our world. Recommended for KS3 upwards.
The gallery examines the fundamental role mathematicians, their tools and ideas have played in building the modern world. From war and peace to life, death, money, trade and beauty, the objects on display reveal how mathematics connects to every aspect of our lives.
Students will uncover powerful stories about the work of mathematicians in the broadest sense, from salespeople to sailors, aircraft engineers to bankers, and gamblers to garden designers. These stories span 400 years of human ingenuity, from the renaissance to the present day, with objects ranging from intriguing hand-held mathematical instruments to a 1929 experimental aircraft.
The curved overhead structure and layout of the gallery represents airflow around the Handley Page aircraft suspended at its centre. The design—by Zaha Hadid Architects—was driven by equations of airflow used in the aviation industry, which are still an important area of mathematical research.
To complement a visit to this gallery, request a session in Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, where there are hands-on maths activities alongside other interactive exhibits to ignite your students' curiosity.
This page is for educational groups. For general visitor information, please see the main gallery page.
Gallery Guide – Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
Make the most of the displays and keep the conversation going back at school (KS3, KS4).
Great Object Hunt: Explorer
A series of challenges for use in any of our galleries. Recommended for ages 7 to 11.
Maths learning resources
See mathematics-related activities for use in the Museum or in the classroom on our learning resources website.
Other things to see and do
Engineer Your Future – school info
Think like an engineer and try your hand at the skills they use every day. For KS3 and KS4,
Information Age – school info
Discover how our lives have been transformed by information and communication technologies over the last 200 years.
For KS3 upwards.
Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery – school info
Ignite curiosity about science and maths through hands-on exhibits and immersive experiences. A must-do for KS2 and KS3.