The artefact collection includes material relating to the history of the University and to people and activities associated with it. Much of the collection has been acquired by accumulation from the academic schools and professional services. Examples include laboratory equipment and scientific instruments. There are also ceremonial objects such as the Mace and Watt Club baton and material associated with students, such as prizes and medals. Among the highlights of the collection are a model engine made by James Nasmyth in 1826 and items associated with James Watt including an example of the copying press invented by him and a chair owned by him. Also, on loan to the Scottish Mining Museum, is a beam engine made by Walkinshaw of Bridgeton in the 1790s.