Talks & Courses

Building 'Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery'

This new gallery explores how science shaped London, and London shaped science. In 1550, London was a hustling, bustling, rapidly expanding commercial city, with a relatively modest position on the world stage; by 1800, it was a world city and a leading centre of science. The gallery tells the story of how science was integral to that transformation.

Lightning Course: How to build a spacecraft

While much astronomy is carried out using Earth-based telescopes, even more can be learned by getting out and physically exploring space. Since launching the very first satellite into Earth’s orbit back in 1957, spacecraft have been sent to planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Join Royal Observatory astronomer Anna Ross to learn about the science behind designing the rockets, shuttles, and probes used to explore these destinations.

The following questions will be discussed in this course:

Royal Observatory Greenwich Christmas Lecture 2019

Lunar expert Professor Ian Crawford (Birkbeck, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) will talk about the scientific legacy of the Apollo programme that continues to resonate in research today just as much as it did five decades ago. Moon rock samples were recovered, thousands of photographs captured, and results gathered from various Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Packages.

Lightning Course: Seeing the invisible

With astronomy being a science heavily reliant on observation, it seems mind-boggling that astronomers have gained so much knowledge about the universe from just ‘looking’. Join Dhara Patel of the Royal Observatory Greenwich to explore how light can be collected and analysed to make sense of the Universe and understand how astronomers are able to see the things that we normally wouldn’t be able to!

The following questions will be discussed in this course:

Conference: The art and science of the Moon

With contributions from academics, artists and curators exploring the interface between art, in its widest sense, and science, this conference will consider various creative responses to our cosmic companion.  In keeping with RMG’s interest in interrogating the collision of science, history and art, ‘The Art and Science of the Moon’ will explore how the Moon’s motions and phases have influenced human activities, beliefs and behaviours; how sustained scrutiny of the lunar surface have enabled us to understand more about ourselves; how attempts, imaginary and real, to reach this other world h

War Widows' Quilt Workshop

The War Widows’ Quilt commemorates the lives of war widows and their loved ones as part of the War Widows’ Stories project. The arthur+martha organisation, who developed the War Widows’ Quilt together with war widows and their families, will run a drop-in workshop combining embroidery and poetry, inspiring participants to make their own commemorative works.

Boredom and the British Empire

Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs, paintings, and popular engravings, this talk will challenge the long-established view that the empire was about adventure and excitement and explain how and why the British Empire became boring for many Europeans on both land and sea.

The voyages of Francis Drake, James Cook and other early explorers required fortitude and determination in the face of storms, shipwrecks, starvation and the unknown. But by the 1800s, as navigation improved and the novelty of ocean  travel wore off, long-distance voyages had become dull and dreary.

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