The CTRC will be an incredible resource housing 80% of the 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 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 1.1million specimens in the Museum of Natural History’s globally significant insect collections. Over 12,000 textiles will be held in the new Textile Centre including Maori Cloaks, arctic intestine garments, Pharoanic 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, covering 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, form its library.