Talks and courses

Join us to explore the universe, astronomy, great art and history. From our annual astronomy courses to our regular maritime history lecture series, get the latest knowledge from experts in the field. 

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

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Location: 
Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House
Talks & courses

Feed your mind with our great educational events

Talks & Courses, Conferences & study days
New research in maritime history presented at the Institute of Historical Research, London.
Times:
11, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 6 Dec 2016; 17 Jan, 28 Feb, 14 March, 28 April, 9, 23 May, 6 June 2017 | 5.15 pm
Location:
Talks & Courses
Study the Sun-Earth-Moon system, the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and the wider Universe.
Times:
13 September 2016–9 May 2017 | Tues: 6.30–9pm | Sat: 10am–12.30 pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Talks & Courses
Explore topics at the cutting edge of modern astronomical research and the limits of human knowledge.
Times:
Tuesdays, 18 April–23 May 2017 | 7–9pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Talks & Courses
Offering an excellent basic introduction to astronomy, this course examines historical, scientific and practical perspectives.
Times:
Tuesday evenings – see dates below | 7–9pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Talks & Courses
Study astronomy topics at foundation degree level, without the costs.
Times:
Tuesdays, 13 September 2016–23 May 2017 | 7–9pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Evenings & Lates, Talks & Courses
Jan Rüger talks about his new book Heligoland: Britain, Germany and the Struggle for the North Sea.
Times:
26 April 2017 | 6.30pm: Arrival and refreshments | 7pm: Talk | 7.45pm: Reception
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Season, Talks & Courses
Hear our curators' and conservators' personal highlights of the newly refurbished Queen’s House.
Times:
Wednesdays, 7 Jun–26 July | 1–1.30 pm
Location:
Queen's House
Evenings & Lates, Talks & Courses
Where are our nearest cosmic neighbours? Amazingly, we may find out the answer in our lifetimes...
Times:
29 June | 6.30–7.30pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Discover the mythical islands and fantastic beasts on 500 year old maps as we journey into the National Maritime Museum archives.
Times:
Monday 3 July 2017
Location:
Caird Library & Archive
Talks & Courses
Uncover how the gods and heroes of the Classical World influenced artists centuries later.
Times:
Saturday 22 July | 10.30am - 4.30pm
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