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Special Events

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

13 June 2017 18:00 -
William Herschel and the Universe
Special Event
The Museum of the History of Science will host a special viewing of the new film William Herschel and the Universe. Introduced by former Museum Director Professor Jim Bennett and the filmmaker George Sibley, the film will be followed by a Q&A.

On March 13th, 1781, in his own back yard, using a telescope he built himself, a 42-year old musician named William Herschel found a new planet for the first time in history. That discovery doubled the size of the known solar system and would change not only his own life, but astronomy as well. William Herschel and the Universe, a film by Florida film maker George Sibley, tells the story of how a previously unknown amateur astronomer and his telescopes took the scientific world by storm.

Watch the trailer here:

Please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite.

Please note that the doors to the Museum will open at 5.45pm and the event begins promptly at 6pm.
20 June 2017 19:30 - 20 June 2017 22:00
The Contagion Cabaret: a quirky theatrical evening of drama, discussion and disease
Special Event
Killer germs, superbugs, pestilent plagues and global pandemics have fascinated writers, musicians and thinkers for centuries. As diseases spread through a culture, likewise myths and ideas travel virally through film, literature, theatre and social media.

Join a cast of actors, scientists and literary researchers for an inventive illustration of infectious extracts from plays and music, past and present. This homage to all things contagious will take place in the suitably atmospheric setting of the Museum of the History of Science. Be sure to bring your antiseptic wipes.

Tickets will go on sale 4 weeks prior to the event.
Please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite.

Please note that the doors to the Museum will open at 7.15pm and the talk begins promptly at 7.30pm. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry.

For Oxfordshire Science Festival.

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