There are numerous online resources available on the history of scientific instruments. Here we have selected some helpful links to help you research further.

For your convenience we have categorized them into bibliographies, databases and other useful resources like videos of historic instruments in action, trade catalogues, and a few projects that may be of interest!

If you would like to suggest other resources, please contact us.

Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing) of Sir William Herschel’s 40-Foot Telescope at Slough, by Sir John Herschel, Autumn 1839. Museum of History of Science, Oxford Inv No 85037.