Mosaic in three panels. The central panel shows a puzzled Archimedes seated with a mathematics book on his lap, with in the background books and a globe (showing America!). The left and right panel show kneeling servants offering him, respectively, a locomotive and a ship (part sail-, part steam-powered). The message is that "applied science must genuflect to pure science"; "free untrammelled enquiry", the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, is what makes technological progress possible.
The farthest is a science block, to whose tower Seddon added a mosaic mural by Voysey depicting a puzzled Archimedes being offered a steam engine and a sailing ship.
Charles F.A. Voysey (Yorkshire 1857 - Winchester 1941),
English architect and furniture and textile designer