The CTRC will be an incredible resource housing collections from the Pitt Rivers and History of Science museums, as well as the complete library and archives from the History of Science Museum, textile, sculpture and mixed media collections from the Ashmolean Museum, and the Museum of Natural History’s mammal skeleton and British Insect collections.
Visitors to the CTRC will be able to discover ceramics, firearms, weaponry, and religious and ceremonial objects and amulets from over 80,000 objects in the Pitt Rivers Collections. They’ll find large copper butterflies and the blue stag beetle from the 1.1 million specimens in the Museum of Natural History’s globally significant insect collections. Over 12,000 textiles will be held in the CTRC including Māori Cloaks, arctic intestine garments, Pharaonic linens from c.2800 BC, or early Islamic embroideries. And with the majority of the History of Science Museum’s collections on site, researchers can find the world’s finest collection of early scientific instruments from modern Europe and the Islamic World. The collection covers areas as diverse as astronomy and time-keeping, physics, chemistry, microscopes, mathematics, medicine and telecommunications, along with over 20,000 printed books, pamphlets, photographs and periodicals including the museum’s oldest book, an astronomical calendar called the Kalendarium of Regiomontanus.