VISIT TO THE WHIPPLE MUSEUM
& ROYAL SOCIETY
Working Science visited Cambridge to the Whipple Museum to see some early Newtonian telescopes made by William Herschel in around 1790, and some early electromagnets. We also had a quick look in the Radio Astronomy Department in Cambridge University, to learn about their work developing new antennas for radio astronomy.
AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY IN LONDON
There are lots of examples of early electromagnets made by Michael Faraday in the Faraday Museum at the Royal Society in London. He was a pioneer in the field of electromagnetism. It must have taken months to wind these electromagnets. He discovered how to generate electricity by moving magnets near metal wires, and how to make electromagnets by coiling wires, examples of which can be seen in this museum.
You can also see what his science laboratory looked like where he made his amazing discoveries.
Its worth a visit if you are interested in electricity generation and electromagnets and other inventions from members of Royal Society.