Talks & Courses

Introduction to Astrophysics 2020/21

For late admission to the course run beginning 15th September, please contact our bookings team on

An excellent follow-up to Introduction to Astronomy to further investigate the physics of our universe.

This six-week course is for people with some prior knowledge of astronomy and a great deal of curiosity: it is an ideal follow-on for those who have studied Introduction to Astronomy, but can also be studied independently.

Introduction to Astrobiology

Our Introduction to Astrobiology outlines the ongoing studies concerning life in the Universe. You'll learn about what it is that makes the Earth suitable for life, uncover the difficulties astronomers encounter when looking for these conditions elsewhere in the Universe, and take abrief look into our search for intelligent life.

Is our planet the only place in the Universe with life? Or is it everywhere in the Universe just waiting to be found? Explore the possibilities in this six week adult course for beginners taught by an engaging tutor from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Chris Bertish | Limitless! The SUP Crossing

In March 2017, Chris became the first person to single-handedly cross the entire Atlantic Ocean (+7500km) on a Stand-Up Paddleboard over 93 days.

Join us in the Leonard Mueller Lecture Theatre at the National Maritime Museum, where you will meet Chris and hear the story of his amazing feat; the successful completion of a task most people would consider to be impossible.

A History of Greenwich in 50 Objects

Explore the history of Greenwich with curators, conservators, storytellers, storekeepers and mudlarks. Each week will focus on different objects, both from the Museum’s Collection and art, statues and memorials in public spaces, along with extraordinary finds from the Thames mud.

Visit the History of Greenwich website to view a selection or suggest an “object” that says Greenwich.

Curated by local historian and storyteller Rich Sylvester.

Oral History and Museums: Challenges and Opportunities - CANCELLED

Oral histories offer a unique insight into the past and deserve a place in every major museum collection. They provide an invaluable opportunity for researchers and visitors to learn about historic events from those who were present, in their own words. Practitioners around the world have recorded an astonishing array of testimonies over the past half-century, from the recollections of Welsh miners to the experiences of those involved in the Mau Mau uprising.  

The Many Faces of Tudor England: Diversity aboard the Mary Rose

The ill-fated ship represents both a living community and a state-of-the-art fighting machine, fully manned and equipped for war. To date, no marine excavation has attained the scale of the Mary Rose project, nor captured the imagination of the public so completely. Tragically lost, miraculously preserved, painstakingly excavated and meticulously conserved, its historical treasures provide a unique and vivid impression of life at sea in the 1500s.


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