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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at London’s Science Museum celebrates its third anniversary

Bringing together the remarkable stories and historical artefacts that highlight the central role of mathematical practice in all our lives, the Winton Gallery has welcomed more than 2 million visitors each year since opening in 2016.

Mathematics defines the gallery’s design. Inspired by the 1929 Handley Page 'Gugnunc' aircraft at the centre of the gallery, the design is driven by equations of airflow used in the aviation industry. The layout and lines of the gallery represent the air that would have flowed around this historic aircraft in flight.

“This pioneering project has vastly increased visitor numbers to the Mathematics Gallery and is an exemplar project in how architecture can be central to successful curatorial development. The project is finished to an exacting standard… the floating pod structure is precisely engineered,” explained the RIBA London Award citation in 2017.

The Sunday Times concurred, “An environment that fills you with wonder. I found myself uplifted by something pure, floaty and mysterious: the beauty of maths.

London Science Museum

Photograph by Matt Danby (Archifocussed)