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Following Government guidance, all University of Cambridge Museums are closed until further notice, to help protect visitors, staff and the wider community.

Detail of glass fungus model

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Learning

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Following Government guidance, all University of Cambridge Museums are closed until further notice, to help protect visitors, staff and the wider community

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Cornelius Varley's graphic telescope, c.1840

An instrument maker and artist, Cornelius Varley came from a talented family. In the early 19th century he invented an instrument called the graphic telescope (Image 1), which allowed accurate drawings of any subject. The graphic telescope was used by Varley himself to record astronomical events, and sketch portraits and...

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