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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.
POSTER
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
02 July 2016 13:00 - 02 July 2016 16:00
Alice’s Discoveries
Family-Friendly Drop In
Visit the Museum and find out about cameras and early photography. Experiment with cyanotypes, one of the earliest types of photography, and discover Alice’s objects in the Museum.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 7+
POSTER
03 July 2016 14:00 - 03 July 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.
This is a repeat of the Oxford in the Great War walking tour that took place on 29 May 2016.
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.
POSTER
09 July 2016 14:00 - 09 July 2016 16:00
Globe-makers
Family-Friendly Drop In
Travel the world and explore the Museum’s wonderful collection of globes! Discover the remarkable methods of Renaissance craftsman and make your own pocket globe to take home with you.
Drop-in. Materials £2. Suitable for ages 9-13
21 July 2016 12:00 - 31 August 2016 17:00
Summer Trails and Activities
Family-Friendly Drop In
Discover amazing instruments and devious devices: help yourself to trails and activities.
Drop-in.
21 July 2016 19:00 -
Board Games and Medieval Medicine
Lecture
The Museum is helping to develop board games about medieval Islamic medicine. Daniel Burt (Oriental Institute, Oxford University) presents this exciting new project.
Doors open at 6.30pm.
Free booking available www.bit.ly/mhs-events.
01 August 2016 12:00 - 31 December 2016 17:00
Shakespeare’s World View: Stars, Globes and Magic
Tour
Discover the influence of Elizabethan thinkers on Shakespeare’s works and let our collection transport you back in time though this self-led gallery trail.
Drop-in. Suitable for adults and children
13 August 2016 13:00 - 13 August 2016 16:00
Send a Message SOS
Family-Friendly Drop In
How did people communicate before the internet? Discover the amazing revolution brought about by Samuel Morse who invented Morse code, and use the Museum’s bespoke telegraphic apparatus to unravel the mystery message. 
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 7+
17 August 2016 13:30 -
Shakespeare’s World View
Tour
Take a curator-led tour to discover Shakespeare’s knowledge of the natural world.
18 August 2016 19:00 -
Time for Shakespeare
Lecture
Literally and figuratively, what was time for Shakespeare?
When the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet announces that the performance will last two hours, what does Shakespeare mean?
Professor Tiffany Stern (English, Oxford University) will explore hourglasses, sundials and mechanical clocks to consider the options for measuring time that were visible or audible in the early modern playhouse. Questioning what hours, minutes and seconds might have meant to a playwright in the 1500s, Professor Stern examines how did the art of describing time shaped Shakespeare's writing.
Doors open at 6.30pm.
Free booking available at www.bit.ly/mhs-events.
25 August 2016 13:00 - 25 August 2016 16:00
Lino-block Printing
Family-Friendly Drop In
Make your own linocut designs inspired by the Museum’s collection. Get first-hand experience with a mechanical printing press and print your design to take home.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 7+
26 August 2016 13:00 - 26 August 2016 16:00
Lino-block Printing
Family-Friendly Drop In
Make your own linocut designs inspired by the Museum’s collection. Get first-hand experience with a mechanical printing press and print your design to take home.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 7+
10 September 2016 14:00 - 10 September 2016 16:00
Cabinet of Curiosities
Family-Friendly Drop In
What did museums look like 400 years ago? Learn about the strange and exciting objects these early 'cabinets of curiosity' contained. Choose objects from the museum to create your own model cabinet of curiosities.
Drop-in. Suitable for ages 5-11
15 September 2016 19:00 -
Mercury Rising: Measuring Temperature Through Time
Lecture
Beginning 300 years ago and leading us right up to the present day, Professor Graham Machin (National Physical Laboratory) will explore the origin and development of temperature scales.
How is our international measuring system changing and what is the science of thermometry? Why did practical temperature scales, such as Celsius and Fahrenheit, develop in the 1700s? Illustrating his talk with thermometers, thermometry equipment and practical demonstrations, Professor Machin explains how measuring temperature has, and still is, changing over time.
Doors open at 6.30pm.
Free booking available at www.bit.ly/mhs-events.
21 September 2016 13:30 -
Shakespeare’s World View
Tour
Take a curator-led tour to discover Shakespeare’s knowledge of the natural world.
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

 

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