Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

Places are something that I’ve always found inspiring. The Museum of the History of Science is an inspiring place. Less so because of the setting (which is still grand as a lot of buildings are in Oxford), and more because of the objects it holds.


The museum is open Tues-Sun, from 12pm-5pm. It’s also free which is definitely a bonus although donations are of course welcome.

This is a museum not about science itself but about the way science has developed through the objects and tools displayed within. So I’m going to let the pictures do the talking here (artificial leeches anyone?)



There are some fascinating pieces here, the sheer ingenuity (and sometimes madness) of people coming up with ways to measure, fix or demonstrate all kinds of scientific and medical issues is always eye-opening.

Museums like this are a great place to find inspiring objects for your next story – both fiction and non-fiction. The item itself could become the crux of the plot, or perhaps thinking of who created might spark something. Maybe the world the object was used in could be the starting place? Or perhaps what you find is simply a jumping off point for a far crazier invention.

What do you think? Have you ever found inspiration in an object before? Let me know in the comments.

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