MusEYEum Online Catalogue

Welcome to the online 'objects' catalogue of the British Optical Association Museum. Here you can search for both museum artefacts and archives.

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MusEYEum online catalogue screen shot Our complete accessioned collection is now available to research and enjoy at

Data is transferred from our Collections Management System on a regular basis.

Members and the public: You can see what objects we've got. You may be surprised at the variety and depth of the collections we hold.

Researchers: Plan what objects you want to request from our reserve store. Identify new leads and topics to study.

Experts: Can you spot any obvious errors? Let us know and help us to make this resource as accurate and useful as possible. We welcome feedback about any of our records.

Enter a term in this search box to start using our online catalogue (You will be taken to another website).








If there's something you'd expect us to have but it isn't there, maybe you could donate it?

N.B. The BOA Museum was one of the first museums in the United Kingdom to have a digital image of every single item in the collection (1999) so please bear with us if some of the older photographs look poor quality by recent standards; we have a rolling programme to improve them. Links to thumbnail images were added to this catalogue from the Spring of 2007. Many of the more recent of these can be selected to reveal a larger image.

Disclaimer: We make every effort to ensure that our records are accurate and as up-to-date as possible. Nevertheless we urge researchers to check with us before citing this data.

How to interpret a record:

Here is a sample data record for an object in the collection.

Surgeon's Operating Spectacles Object Name or Picture Title
SPECTACLES  = Wider Classification or Category (1st level data)
operating spectacles  = Simple Name (2nd level data)
Carl Zeiss (Jena)  = Maker, manufacturer, artist (or sometimes supplier)
Europe: Germany, Thuringia, Jena  = Place  (usually of manufacture, sometimes of use)
Early 20th c.  = Date
metal; glass  = Materials
eye width: 17mm  = Dimensions
Spectacles with steel frame. W-bridge with adjustable projection. Tubular lugs. Curl sides with end stumps. Extremely small diameter round eyes and X2 magnification telescope lenses.  = Description
2002.593  = Unique Accession / Identification Number

















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