Events

05 May 2016 19:00 - 05 May 2016 21:30
Public Health and Private Pain: A night of medical history and drama
Special Event
Enter the Museum for a unique evening of performance and drama. Drawing from a rich variety of medical plays and historical material, the event will illuminate, provoke, and dramatize developments which have shaped ideas of the body from the 18th century to the present day. Join academics from across the University of Oxford, professional actors from Pegasus Theatre and staff of the Museum of the History of Science as they show how these developments have been mapped not just by medical writing but by theatre, which has a long history of engaging with science and medicine.
Scenes and readings to include:
  • Shelagh Stephenson, An Experiment with an Air-pump (1998)
  • George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor’s Dilemma (1906)
  • Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts (1881)
  • A selection from the WWI poetry collection at Oxford by Sassoon and Owen
  • An historical anti-vaccination song
  • Joe Penhall, Blue/Orange (2000)
Book a free ticket at www.bit.ly/mhs-events.
09 May 2016 12:00 - 09 May 2016 15:00
Mercury in Transit
Activity Day
A dozen times each century the planet Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun.
Celebrate this astronomical rarity by joining the Museum of the History of Science and Hanwell Community Observatory for a special event in the University Parks as we watch Mercury appear as a tiny dot on the surface of the Sun! As Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system its transit cannot be seen with the naked eye, and so experts from the Observatory will be providing specially adapted telescopes for us to use. This includes projection telescopes, which will project an image of the Sun and Mercury onto a board on the ground. There will also be a selection of telescopes with professional filters, allowing us to look through the telescopes at the Sun. It important to stress that the Sun is a dangerous object to observe, and viewing it without specialised equipment can cause permanent damage or blindness.
This event will take place on the public play area by Keble Gate, University Parks, Parks Road, Oxford.
Drop-in. Suitable for all the family.
13 May 2016 14:00 - 13 May 2016 16:00
Superstitions
Activity Day
Join us as we investigate superstition and luck on Friday 13th!
Drop-in.
14 May 2016 14:00 - 14 May 2016 16:00
Drawing with Camera Obscuras
Family-Friendly Drop In
Discover the secrets of Renaissance art and how to use a camera obscura to draw in perfect perspective.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 9+.
23 May 2016 19:00 - 23 May 2016 20:15
Buckets, Bollards and Bombs
Lecture
Mats Fridlund (Aalto University, Finland) examines the power of terrorizing things and the containment of British emotions from the 19th century to the present day.
Free booking available at www.bit.ly/mhs-events.
Doors open at 6.30pm.
29 May 2016 14:00 - 29 May 2016 16:00
Oxford in the Great War - Walking Tour
Tour
Join this fascinating walking tour to learn about Oxford's largely forgotten role in the First World War. Discover how many well known colleges and public buildings were converted into hospitals and for military use; the desperate plight of Belgian and Serbian refugees arriving in the city; plus the formative experiences of key historical and literary figures, including Siegfried Sassoon, Vera Brittain and T E Lawrence. A poignant trip into an overlooked period in the Oxford story.
The tour will be led by Jeremy Allen, writer, from UnderConstruction Theatre.
Meet outside the front gates of the Museum of the History of Science.
Free booking available at www.bit.ly/mhs-events.
02 June 2016 13:00 - 02 June 2016 16:00
Ahoy There!
Family-Friendly Drop In
Discover early voyages of exploration with maps, globes, and hands-on activities with navigational instruments.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 7-13.
03 June 2016 13:00 - 03 June 2016 16:00
Ahoy There!
Family-Friendly Drop In
Discover early voyages of exploration with maps, globes, and hands-on activities with navigational instruments.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 7-13.
11 June 2016 14:00 - 11 June 2016 16:00
Is There a Doctor in the House?
Family-Friendly Drop In
Discover the art of medicine through objects, stories and activities.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 9+
28 June 2016 19:00 - 28 June 2016 20:15
Observing the Observers
Lecture
Kew Observatory was originally built in 1769 to enable King George III to observe that year’s transit of Venus.  Yet it was its work during the nineteenth century that is of the greatest historical interest.  Its activities encompassed meteorology, geomagnetism, instrument testing and solar physics.  In this talk, Dr Lee Macdonald will explore how a group of astronomers and science devotees at Kew began the world’s first systematic programme of daily solar photography in tandem with observations of the Earth’s magnetic field – a precursor of today’s ground- and space-based programmes that monitor the Sun and ‘space weather’, the Sun’s interactions with the Earth and other planets.  The talk will also describe how Kew Observatory pioneered the testing of scientific instruments and became the originating institution of the present-day National Physical Laboratory.
Free booking available at www.bit.ly/mhs-events.
Doors open at 6.30pm.
30 June 2016 11:00 - 30 June 2016 12:00
Navigation and Exploration - Tour for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors
Tour
Join us for a hands-on tour of the museum for visitors who are blind or partially sighted on the theme of Navigation and Exploration.  Part of our HLF-funded “Sensing Culture” partner project with the RNIB.
Spaces for this tour are limited, for more information or to book contact 01865 282456 or outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk
29 September 2016 11:00 - 29 September 2016 12:00
Objects of Science - Tour for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors
Tour
Join us for a hands-on tour of the museum for visitors who are blind or partially sighted on the theme of Objects of Science. Part of our HLF-funded “Sensing Culture” partner project with the RNIB.
Spaces for this tour are limited, for more information or to book contact 01865 282456 or outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk
15 December 2016 11:00 - 15 December 2016 12:00
Medicine - Tour for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors
Tour
Join us for a hands-on tour of the museum for visitors who are blind or partially sighted on the theme of Medicine. Part of our HLF-funded “Sensing Culture” partner project with the RNIB.
Spaces for this tour are limited, for more information or to book contact 01865 282456 or outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk

 

« See past events including photos and further details