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Past Events

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

    Discover unusual objects and assemble your own cabinet of curiosities.

    Drop-in, ages 5-13.

  • Thu
    30
    Aug
    2018
    Fri
    31
    Aug
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

    Use microscopes and lenses to observe tiny things, and use your drawings to make magnificent monoprints inspired by illustrations from Robert Hooke's famous book Micrographia published in 1665.

    Drop-in, ages 7+

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

    Learn Morse code, experiment with the Museum’s telegraphic apparatus, and unravel the mystery message.

    Drop-in, ages 7+.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018
    2- 4 pm

    Discover the Museum’s collection of globes and make your own pocket globe.

    Drop-in, ages 9+. Materials £2.

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018
    6 - 7 pm

    In the 1200s, Europe experienced a scientific revolution when it encountered books on natural philosophy by Aristotle and his Arabic commentators. This science was welcomed for its explanations of how the world worked, but some of its theories contradicted important Christian beliefs. Christianity conditioned medieval social and individual outlook, so people exploring this science were confronted with conflicting ‘truths’. How could they accept, for example, Aristotle’s convincing theory that the world is eternal, when as Christians they believed in Creation?

    Ann Giletti (University of Oxford) will talk about medieval debates over this new science, and the boundaries placed by Church authorities on open discussion.

    Please book your free ticket using Eventbrite [6].

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    1 - 4 pm, trails available 12 - 5 pm

    For the annual celebration of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories, we go through the looking glass of photography. See Carroll’s own photographic kit, find out about women pioneers of photography and have a go at creating your own photographs using sun-reactive paper and our digital cameras. You can also pick up a family trail from 12-5pm to discover Alice’s objects.
    Drop-in, ages 6+

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

    Explore science and medicine in the early Islamic world with activities and games.

    Drop-in, ages 7+

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    6:00 pm

    Drawing on stories of science and exploration this multimedia performance combines Dr Emily Hayes’ (Oxford Brookes University) research into the history of the Royal Geographical Society with the spoken word, projected and animated images, and musical accompaniment to explore the magic lantern’s role in the creation of environmental knowledge.

    With the Royal Geographical Society and Constructing Scientific Communities.

    Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 1 May. Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018
    6:00 pm

    Professor Christopher Kennard (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) has spent a lifetime studying the visual system. In this talk he reveals how easily it can play tricks with our mind.

    Due to popular demand this is a repeat of Professor Kennard’s talk in March.

    Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 1 May. Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
    Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    12 - 4 pm

    Imagine early voyages of exploration with maps, globes and hands-on navigational instruments.

    Drop-in, ages 7-13

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018
    6:00 pm

    In the mid-thirteenth century Ibn Abi Usaybiʿah (ابن أبي أصيبعة‎‎, d. 1270), a practising physician in Syria, produced the earliest comprehensive history of medicine from any land. 

    His book "The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians," written in Arabic, covers 1700 years of medical practice, from the mythological beginnings of medicine with Asclepius through Greece, Rome, and India, down to the author's day. It is the earliest comprehensive history of medicine (from any land), incorporating accounts of over 442 physicians – their training, practice, and medical compositions – all interlaced with amusing poetry and anecdotes illustrating their life and character.

    Professor Emilie Savage-Smith (University of Oxford) will talk about the major project she is leading to edit and translate the entire treatise and make it available to everyone.

    Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

    Discover the secrets of Renaissance art and how to use a camera obscura to draw in perfect perspective.

    Drop-in, ages 9+

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    12 - 4 pm

    Help us celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi and experience the world of radio with the Oxford and District Amateur Radio Society. See how our building can be turned into an amateur radio station to contact people across the globe and try out Morse code for yourself.

    Drop-in, all ages

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018
    6:00 pm

    Dr Elizabeth Bruton (Science Museum, London) reveals the little-known history of female wireless telegraphists in World War One and their fight for opportunities to contribute to the war effort alongside their male colleagues.

    Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    2 - 4 pm

    Make your own Easter sundial inspired by the Museum’s collection.

    Drop-in, ages 7+

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    12:00 - 16:00

    Join us for a medically inspired celebration of bacteria and BioArt; talks, hands-on activities and more. Discover the story of penicillin and the miracle of antibiotics. Meet artists and scientists at the cutting edge of medical research.

    For British Science Week 2018.

    Drop-in, all ages.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00

    Professor Christopher Kennard (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) has spent a lifetime studying the visual system. In this talk he reveals how easily it can play tricks with our mind.

    For Brain Awareness Week 2018.

    Tickets will be available from Thursday 1 February. Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    14:00 - 16:00

    Family Event
    Find out about scientific women, including two pioneering photographers: Anna Atkins, the first person to publish a book with photographs, and Sarah Acland, a colour pioneer.
    Have a go at using sun-sensitive paper (cyanotypes) and find out more about light and colour.

    Family Trail
    Women have been involved in science for thousands of years as astronomers, mathematicians, instrument makers, and merchants. Use this family trail to travel through our collections and find out about women like Caroline Herschel, an astronomer who discovered 6 new comets and the Sculptor Galaxy pictured above, and Ada Lovelace, the forerunner of computer coding.

    Drop-in, all ages.
    For International Women's Day and Votes for Women 1918-2018.

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00

    An Artist in the Lab

    How can artists and scientists work together to explain the role of infectious diseases and antibiotics in our lives?

    BioArtist Anna Dumitriu and scientist Dr Nicola Fawcett (Nuffield Department of Medicine) will join us at the Museum to discuss their collaborative work, including Ex Voto [22], and how they reached this stage in their careers.

    This is the final talk for the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria. Don’t miss out on your last chance to talk to the artist!

    Book your free ticket at www.bit.ly/mhs-events [10]

    For International Woman's Day and Votes for Women 1918-2018.

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria

     

  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018
    12:00 - 16:00

    Make a working Chinese dragon fire-clock to celebrate Chinese New Year. Try it out at home!

    Drop-in, ages 7+, materials donation £3

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    12:00 - 16:00

    Make a working Chinese dragon fire-clock to celebrate Chinese New Year. Try it out at home!

    Drop-in, ages 7+, materials donation £3

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00

    Tuberculosis still kills more people each year than any other germ. Where has it been? How is it evading treatment? And how can we eliminate it? Dr Timothy Walker (Nuffield Department of Medicine) will discuss how its DNA holds some vital clues.

    Tickets will be available from Monday 1 January. Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria [26]

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    14:00 - 14:45

    Visit BioArt and Bacteria with the artist Anna Dumitriu and see the creative process behind the exhibition.

    No need to book.

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria [26].

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00

    Anna Dumitriu and Dr John Paul (Public Health England) have collaborated over a 13 year period. Dr Paul presents and celebrates their microbiological work and its impact.

    Tickets will be available from Friday 1 December. Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria [26]

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018
    14:00 - 16:00

    What did the Victorians know about the moving image? Find out and make your own magical movie toy.

    Drop-in, ages 7+

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    18:00 - 19:00

    William Myers (author of Bio Art: Altered Realities) explains how BioArt responds to our changing definitions of life, nature, and identity.

    Tickets will be available from Wednesday 1 November. Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria [26].

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017
    14:00 - 16:00

    Follow your stars and make an amazing star dial or paper plate planetarium.
    Drop-in, ages 7+

  • Wed
    22
    Nov
    2017
    13:00 - 13:45

    Visit BioArt and Bacteria with the artist Anna Dumitriu and see the creative process behind the exhibition.

    No need to book.

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria [26]

  • Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    18:00 - 21:00

    Explore the Museum’s collections through hands-on activities and talks to discover how we have charted our world and the universe.

    For Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival

    Drop-in, all ages

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017
    13:00 - 16:00

    Dissect eyeballs and carry out curious visual experiments all about sight.
    Drop-in, ages 9+

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017
    14:00 -

    Join this fascinating walking tour to learn about Oxford’s largely forgotten role in the first global conflict of the 20th century.

    With UnderConstruction Theatre Company for Armistice Day 2017.

    Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [36].

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    11:00 - 12:00

    A hands-on tour for blind and partially sighted visitors as part of our HLF-funded 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 [38]

  • Mon
    06
    Nov
    2017
    17:00 - 21.30

    Experience a promenade concert with a difference and travel through space and time with music from medieval to modern, performed by the ensemble Sirinu. Includes the premiere of a new music-theatre commission by Oxford-based Martyn Harry.

    There will be three promenade performances of one hour each:
    5.00 - 6.00pm
    6.45 - 7.45pm
    8.30 - 9.30pm

    Tickets £10, for booking and more information see www.ocmevents.org [40]

  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    18:00 - 19:00

    Anna Dumitriu joins us to talk about the current special exhibition [26] and her work exploring infectious diseases and emerging technologies through art.

    Please book your free ticket through Eventbrite [10].

    Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    13:00 - 16:00

    Get involved in one giant drawing celebration based on bacteria and all things microscopic.

    Drop-in, ages 7+

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    13:00 - 16:00

    Get involved in one giant drawing celebration based on bacteria and all things microscopic.

    Drop-in, ages 7+

 
Earlier events are stored in the Events Archive [44].