Paolo BrenniA Message from the President

 

Dear Members and Friends. Welcome to the Scientific Instrument Society's website. My name is Paolo Brenni and I have been involved in the SIS since its foundation in 1983. In July 2005, I was honoured to be elected President and I repeat the pledge I made then, that I will work as much as possible with the Committee to develop the activities of the Society, to increase its worldwide membership and to maintain the high scholarly standard of the Society's Bulletin. For more than a quarter of a century now, the Scientific Instrument Society and its publications have played a very important role for historians, museum curators, collectors and enthusiasts... like you and like me. I am sure that in the future the Society will continue to be a beacon in the world of historic scientific instruments. If you're not a member yet, you can join now. Whoever you are, enjoy using our website.

The Scientific Instrument Society (SIS) was formed in April 1983 to bring together people with a specialist interest in scientific instruments, ranging from precious antiques to electronic devices only recently out of production.

Collectors, the antiques trade, museum staff, professional historians and amateur enthusiasts will all find the varied activities of the Society suited to their tastes. We have a truly international membership offering those who join the chance to link up with instrument devotees across the world.

 

 
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4 August 2015
This year's Turner Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Peter de Clerq. We are greatly looking forward to his richly-illustrated talk on 'The travel journals of Balthasar de Monconys (1608?–1665) and Conrad Zacharias von Uffenbach (1683–1734)'.   The Lecture will be held at the Society of Antiquaries on 27 November. Check the September ...

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19 July 2015
Plans are being made for an SIS study visit to the Netherlands in October 2015. The visit will include: Omniversum; Maurit's tower, site of the first demonstration with the telescope; Hofwijck, home of Constantijn and Christiaan Huygens; The Louwman collection of historic telescopes and car museum; Plus optional visits to Zuylen Castle ...

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1 June 2015
The contents page and our Editor's selection of articles from the Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society (Number 125- June 2015 issue) are now online. To access the online content choose the Bulletin page in the Resources section or follow the ...

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17 May 2015
Saturday 27 June - Chatham Historic Dockyard The Historic Dockyard, Chatham is a stunning 80 acre site with historic buildings, museum galleries, historic warships and much more. There will be time allocated for you to visit those areas of the dockyard that you may find of particular interest as well as some group activities. 10.00 arrival. ...

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28 April 2015
The 2015 Annual Study Tour will visit Portugal, the first time the SIS has done so for 15 years. The visit will take place from 4th-8th May 2015 and will be based in Lisbon (3-6 May) and Porto (6-8 May), also taking in a visit to Coimbra. Lisbon We expect to visit the National Museum of Natural and History of Science of the University of ...

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