A new exhibition at Oxford’s History of Science Museum marks the 60th anniversary of the first Oxford University commercial spin-out company, Oxford Instruments.
The display, called People|Science|Business, is mainly drawn from co-founders Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood’s personal collection.
Oxford Instruments, which floated on the Stock Exchange in 1983, is now an international company with a £334m turnover.
It employs almost 2,000 staff at its headquarters near Abingdon and other offices around the world, and has won 14 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
The Museum exhibition traces the story back to when the couple started Oxford Instruments in 1959, from the garden shed of their home on Northmoor Road in north Oxford.
From there, they moved to a series of premises around Oxford, ranging from a former abattoir to a boat house.
The display also includes a section on the work of charity The Oxford Trust, which the Woods set up in 1985.
It runs tech and science event Venturefest, IF: The Oxford Science & Ideas Festival, the Enterprise Awards, the Oxford Centre for Innovation and The Wood Centre for Innovation at Stansfeld Park in Headington.
History of Science Museum director Dr Silke Ackermann said: “We are delighted to be telling the fascinating story of Oxford University’s first spin-out company and celebrating a 60-year history of scientific innovation.”
The exhibition runs until March 1, 2020. For more information, click here