The School of Physics Museum

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The School of Physics Museum The collection of the The School of Physics Museum at the University of Melbourne comprises some 350 items of historical and scientific interest, concentrating on scientific apparatus constructed by former professors and staff for research purposes. It includes equipment and photographs spanning the history of the School of Physics, which was established as the School of Natural Philosophy in the 1880's.

There are significant holdings of ruling engines and diffraction gratings developed by Grayson and Lyle as well as apparatus emerging from optical munitions research directed by Laby during the Second World War.

The The School of Physics Museum owes its creation to the dedication and forethought of Associate Professor Ed Muirhead, Chairman of the School of Physics from 1980 to 1986, who initiated the current displays in the 1980s. The collection was catalogued with the aid of Ms Anna Fairclough [museum curator], and the museum displays set up with a grant from the Ian Potter Foundation.

The School of Physics Museum has had continuing outstanding support from the Cultural Collections Group and the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund. In 2008 The Friends of the Physics Museum was initiated by colleagues and past students of Ed Muirhead.

Many of the displays have been photographed as VR objects. VR Objects allow the user to view the object interactively as a three dimensional computer image. Use the mouse to rotate the object, use shift and control to zoom in and out. To view a VR object on this site you will need Quicktime.

Click here for a three dimensional model of the physics building (requires Quicktime).

Location: The School of Physics Museum
Level 2
School of Physics
University of Melbourne VIC 3010
The School of Physics is on the corner of Swanston and Elgin Streets, Parkville .

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
Monday to Friday
Closed between Christmas and New Year and on public holidays.

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Created: 12 May 2003
Authorised by: Head, School of Physics
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