Member events

Flamsteed lecture: The Secret Rulers of the world – the Apollo Moon Landings, conspiracy theories and critical thinking skills in a “post-truth” world, by Prof Anu Ojha OBE

Are scientists part of the global conspiracy or are things not quite as they appear? Who cares what people choose to believe? What are the ramifications for modern democracy in an increasingly media-driven “fake news” society? And why is the role of science so important in empowering people in a world increasingly influenced by distortion, spin and disinformation?

The Moon Breakfast Members’ Private View and lecture

Our new exhibition will chart the cultural and scientific story of our relationship with the moon. The exhibition will feature over 180 objects, including the “Snoopy Cap” Communications Carrier, worn by astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin during Apollo 11, lunar samples and artworks from artists including J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Katie Paterson and Larissa Sansour.

Twenty-first century telescopes by Prof Michael Merrifield

The story is the same in the 21st century, with some truly amazing developments in technology promising some massive leaps forward in our understanding of the universe. This talk will discuss how telescopes and other instrumentation have developed to-date, and what is on the drawing boards for the coming decades. It will also describe some of the scientific advances that we hope to make with these instruments, ranging from understanding the ultimate fate of the Universe to making the first detections of life outside the Solar System.

Members’ studio tours at Prince Philip Maritime Collection Centre

Our new conservation facilities, the Prince Philip Maritime Collection Centre, have opened in Kidbrooke, a few miles away from our main Museum site.


This is a chance to see conservation work in action, see our new state of the art facilities and meet some of the staff who work to conserve our collection


Please note this event takes place at the Museum’s new collection centre, the Prince Philip Maritime Collection Centre, which is located on Nelson Mandela Way, Kidbrooke, SE3 9QS

Flamsteed lecture: Mercury and the BepiColombo mission by Prof David A Rothery

This is BepiColombo, launched 20th October 2018, which will start doing science from Mercury orbit in spring 2026. There is one UK-led instrument on board, the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer designed at Leicester University and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the UK Space Agency. This will map the surface distribution of at least a dozen chemical  elements at reasonable resolution across the entire globe. Other instruments will obtain more detailed images and more diagnostic mineralogical information than previously.

Members’ Spring Family Day: Figureheads

Have a chance to hear Nannie’s story and create a figurehead of your very own.

For ages :3+

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Join today for a host of exclusive benefits and events, including unlimited free entry to Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, shows at the Peter Harrison Planetarium, and special exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum.

With Membership starting from as little as £44 what are you waiting for? Membership is your time to explore!

Flamsteed lecture: Hunting for Exoplanets

Results from facilities all over the world, particularly from NASA’s Kepler satellite, have shown that exoplanets are common, and have given new insight into the formation of our own Solar System. The latest planet hunting satellite, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), provides a chance to find planets around brighter stars. In this talk, Chris Lintott will talk about what we know – and don’t know – about how planets form and will explain how you, yourselves, might find an exoplanet of your own using only a laptop.  ​


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