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Glasgow Museums has a collection of more than 220 scientific instruments. These date broadly from 1800 to 2000.
This collection includes instruments used for the generation, measurement and storage of electricity; instruments for measuring aspects of air and temperature; and microscopes. Also contained within the collection is an early 19th century orrery, made by John Fulton. This is a notable item and benefits from supporting material that includes wooden patterns, 100 Fulton family letters and a pre-1869 visitors’ book recording visits to the orrery.
There are also more than 60 objects associated with electricity, including a Wimshurst electrostatic machine and a Leyden jar. Items in the collection associated with Lord Kevin include ampere gauges, electric balances, various voltmeters, an electrical resistance meter, an integrating electricity meter, and galvanometers.
In addition, the collection encompasses barometers, anemometers, thermometers, steam engine indicators, marine engineer's computing scales, an electroscope made in about 1915 by the Glasgow Scientific Instrument Company and a Britex Naturalist microscope used in the 1960s.