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The Museum frequently hosts lectures, usually as a series, in which experts in the field of the history of science and scientific instruments share their insights. For forthcoming lectures please see below, or visit the link to the current programme PDF download at the right.

11 July 2017 18:00 - 11 July 2017 19:00
Galaxies and Black Holes
Professor Roger Davies (Physics, University of Oxford) will tell the story behind the surprising discovery that black holes play a crucial part in making galaxies.
Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite. The doors to the Museum will open at 5.45pm. Please arrive in plenty of time and ensure you have taken your seat by 5.55pm. This will allow us to release any unclaimed seats after this time to those waiting.
Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry.


Many of the presentations are available as podcasts, some accompanied by slides and photographs – as for the following series on astronomy and telescopes.

February 2009

Telescopes Now website

Telescopes Now: real stories of astronomy today

Four eminent astronomers share stories behind some of the major instrumental developments of the modern era. The lectures, available here as podcasts, touch on the practical, technical, financial and organisational challenges facing telescope builders.

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