Explore the changing world of optical aids from telescopes and beyond. But beware – you may have to look hard!
What has a jug with a likeness of Nelson got to do with a theodolite such as you would see a civil engineer peering into on a building site? From sextants and telescopes to binoculars, come on a trail and find out what people peer through and why.
Find this thickly potted jug with transfer-printed stipple engravings in the Voyagers gallery.
A Staffordshire earthenware figure of the Arctic explorer, Sir John Franklin and his undaunted wife.
The quintant, once owned by King Edward VII, has a silver frame and an ivory handle.
This is a portable Gregorian (reflecting) telescope.
A theodolite is a surveying instrument with a telescope for measuring horizontal and vertical angles.
Locate this rangefinder on a wooden mount.
Spy these binoculars rescued from HMS Invincible.
Admire this rather natty telescope and watch.
See a defeated Napoleon posing for curious onlookers.
What would no good Admiral be seen without? A fine telescope of course.