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This exhibition presented a unique collection of elegant scientific instruments and intricate models that belonged to King George III.

In the 1700s it was fashionable for wealthy people to have collections of scientific instruments. This exhibition explored how the teaching of scientific principles spread beyond the elite circles of the Royal Society to reach large sections of the population.

Objects on display included an air pump with a compression chamber, a water-raising machine and an Archimedean screw. There was even a polemoscope, or ’jealousy glass’, used by opera goers to spy on other people in the audience. An audiovisual presentation offered the opportunity to see some of the objects in action.

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Objects from the King George III collection