Open University McArthur microscope

Made:
1972
maker:
John McArthur

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Open University McArthur microscope, serial No.01893, with moulded plastic stand, packed with inspection certificate, instructions leaflet and Open University leaflet

The Open University, established in 1969, used communications technology to improve access to high-quality teaching via distance learning. This microscope was part of the first Science Home Experiment Kit that was mailed to students on the OU Science foundation course S100.

The microscope was based on a design by Dr John McArthur conceived initially on expedition in Brazil in 1929. Developed later, McArthur won a Duke of Edinburgh Design Prize in 1972 for the plastic version he created specially for the OU.

Details

Category:
Microscopy (Wellcome)
Object Number:
1979-71
Materials:
cardboard and plastic
type:
microscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
credit:
Dr. Brian Bracegirdle