We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website on the Transits of Venus at http://transits.mhs.ox.ac.uk.

The core of the site is a browsable database of historical instruments and images from collections around the world. Institutions and individuals are invited to develop the site by contributing their own material.

Currently the site displays material from: – Museo della Specola, Università di Bologna – Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University – Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford – National Museum of American History, Washington – Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Dresden – UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

To take part in this international collaboration, visit the Contributors section of the site. Material is submitted directly online for instant access on the web.

The site is an initiative of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. It was developed at the University of Oxford and is hosted by the Museum of the History of Science.