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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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
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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
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
Study astronomy topics at foundation degree level, without the costs.
Times:
Tuesdays, 13 September 2016–23 May 2017 | 7–9pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Talks & Courses
Joins us at the Queen's House for a series of artist-led workshops using the historical collections to explore ideas of place, identity and...
Times:
Saturday 27 May | Workshop 1: 10.30-1.15pm, Workshop 2: 1.45-4.30pm
Location:
Queen's House
Talks & Courses
Join us for two separate workshops using plants that have a strong connection to the history and legacy of the Empire. Participants will...
Times:
Sunday 21 May and Sunday 28 May | 1-4pm
Location:
Queen's House
Talks & Courses
Times:
2 June | 10.00 - 10.45am
Location:
Royal Observatory
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
Family fun, Talks & Courses
Drop in workshops facilated by Observatory Explainers mixing demonstrations with make and do activities.
Times:
Weekends 1 July - 30 September | 12.45-4.15pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Family fun, Talks & Courses
Drop by and chat with our Observatory Explainers who are bringing the history of astronomy to life.
Times:
Weekends 1 July - 30 September | 1.05-4.15pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
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 | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
Caird Library & Archive
Talks & Courses
This talk explores the stellar origins of the ingredients that make up everything around us including ourselves. 
Times:
Thursday 6 July 2017 | 7pm-8pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
Uncover the allure that the gods and heroes of the Classical World had on artists of the 17 and 18 centuries.
Times:
Saturday 22 July | 10.30am - 4.30pm
Location:
Queen's House
Look at the planet Venus during the day with our 18 tonne Victorian telescope.
Times:
25,26,27 July | 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 August | 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30pm
Location:
Meridian Line and Historic Royal Observatory
Professor Gerry Gilmore reveals the power of the most advanced eye on the galaxy: the European Space Agency's GAIA.  
Times:
Thursday 24 August | 7pm-8pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
This comprehensive course provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe.
Times:
12 September 2017 - 22 May 2018 | Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm | Saturdays TBC
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
This comprehensive course provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe.
Times:
Tuesdays | 12 September 2017 - 8 May 2018 | 6.30pm - 9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
From celestial navigation to time travel - travel the universe at the home of time and space.
Times:
12 September - 17 October | Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
Astronomy for absolute beginners lead by an engaging tutor and set at the home of time and space.
Times:
Tuesdays, 12 September - 17 October | 7pm-9pm
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre