The Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Leeds

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University of Leeds
West Yorkshire

The University of Leeds has rare and signficant collections relating to its scientific and technological past. Areas represented include physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and geology. Several of these collections have their origins in the early years of the University (established 1904) and its predecessor, the Yorkshire College, as teaching and research collections. Highlights include: • a rare early Laennec stethoscope (c.1818) – used by the Atkinsons, a Leeds medical dynasty • The Barr & Stroud rangefinder used by the British Navy from 1892 • William Astbury’s camara used to take the first images of DNA • Newlyn-Phillips machine – one of only a few analogue computers for economics, 1950 • Samples of manganese collected from the first scientific expedition to the bottom of the ocean, HMS Challenger, c. 1873-6 Colletions are displayed across the University and the store is open by appointment.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Most museum collections can be consulted by appointment. Contact the Director in the first instance



Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled

Facilities information:

All collections are on the University Campus, and therefore facilities such as toilets and cafe are available nearby.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students

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