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Study Days

The Museum organises study days for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 in conjunction with the other museums, collections and academic departments of the University. Study Days are designed to stimulate students’ interest in a special topic relevant to their studies whilst offering insights into academic life at university. They may include talks from academics, hands-on practical sessions facilitated by academic researchers or museum staff, and guided tours when linked to special exhibitions.

For enquiries, contact secondary+post16@mhs.ox.ac.uk [1]

Programme of Study Days for the academic year 2018-19

The following dates are scheduled for study days over the next academic year subject to the availability of university facilities. Please contact the education officer for further details.

Autumn 2018

2nd and 3rd November (tbc)

Frankenstein revisited (KS3/4)

Celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818), this event will include a contemporary performance adaptation of Frankenstein, an introduction to the science that inspired Shelley, and a visit to the Bodleian Library for a close encounter with the original manuscript.

9th November (tbc)

Frankenstein revisited (KS5)

Celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818), this event will include a contemporary performance adaptation of Frankenstein, an introduction to the science that inspired Shelley, a visit to the Bodleian Library, and a chance to meet researchers involved in ‘Frankenstein science’!

Spring 2019

Astrophysics study days (KS4 and KS5) – dates to be confirmed

Events for schools run in collaboration with the University’s department of Astrophysics. These events will involve researchers and visits to the department’s large telescope facility.

Back from the Dead: Penicillin and Antibiotics  (KS4 and KS5) – dates to be confirmed

Study days about the amazing story of the development of penicillin and antibiotics with opportunities to meet researchers in the field of antimicrobial resistance from various University departments.

Summer 2019

July (subject to confirmation)

Medicine and Materials (Year 9/10 Science)

A day of rotating workshop sessions on the use of natural materials and chemical synthesis in medicine at the Museum, the Department of Chemistry or Materials, and the Oxford University Botanic Garden.

 

Examples of previous study days

ASTROPHYSICS (KS5)
At the Department of Physics

A study day exploring ideas about the Universe from a brief history of cosmology to current knowledge about the origins of the Universe.
A full programme of lectures in the morning delivered by academics at the cutting edge of research from the University’s Department of Astrophysics, followed by practical workshops after lunch.

Astrophysics

Astrophysics

 

IMAGING, Medical and Scientific (KS5)
At the Department of Physics

A study day about the use of imaging techniques in a range of scientific practices.
A full programme of lectures in the morning including MRI scanning, electron microscopy and history of scientific imaging followed by practical workshops in university departments after lunch.

Another microscopy image

Another microscopy image

 

PENICILLIN (KS5)
At the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

During the Second World War, Oxford researchers Florey and Chain developed methods of extracting penicillin and carried out the first successful treatment of a human being. Along with Alexander Fleming, they were awarded a Nobel Prize in 1945.

A series of lectures traces the history of the discovery and development of production methods of penicillin, modern methods of synthesizing antibiotics, and the use of antibiotics in medical treatment. Workshops take place in the afternoon.

Penicillin culture vessels

Penicillin culture vessels

UNDERSTANDING EINSTEIN (KS5)
At the Department of Physics

To celebrate the centenary anniversary of the theory of Special Relativity, a study day exploring various aspects of Einstein’s life and work.

A series of lectures in the morning including a basic introduction to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the great quantum debate, the development of laser technology and an assessment of the impact of his work on modern astronomy.

Einstein's blackboard

Einstein’s blackboard