Amber Spyglass and Mulefa Seedpods
This amber spyglass, and the seed pods on display in the case above, were used by the character Dr Mary Malone in the BBC HBO series His Dark Materials. In the Mulefa world, Mary discovers she can combine seedpod oil with pieces of amber in order to see Dust/ Shadow-particles for herself.
And when she looked through everything was changed. She could see Shadows.... sparkles of light, floating and drifting and sometimes moving in a current of purpose.
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
To coincide with these film objects going on display, the museum is running schools sessions linked to His Dark Materials. These encourage students to reflect on the literary themes and characters in Philip Pullman's novels alongside usual interactions with the collections in the Museum and thinking about the many worlds represented through objects within the displays.
Seeing Mary Malone in the other universe just makes me unbearably excited to see the mulefa and how the BBC has chosen to portray them!
Ayesha, Y12, Oxford Spires Academy
I can’t wait to see the Amber Spyglass in action in the show! In the book, Mary Malone is able to see Shadow particles or 'Dust' by coating the lens with oil from the mulefa’s seed pods.
Freddie, Y8, Magdalen College School