Talks & Courses

A Nation of Tea Drinkers: British Culture and the Global Tea Trade

During the eighteenth-century, tea went from being an expensive, exotic luxury to an everyday item consumed everywhere in Britain, from the palace to the cottage. Join Professor Markman Ellis as he explores this fascinating, world-changing commodity. How did the British become known as a nation of tea drinkers, in a period when all tea was imported half way round the world from China? How did the consumption of tea become a ‘performance’ in fashionable society, with its own rituals and ceremonies?

Saving our Ships: How to Conserve Historic Vessels

Historic vessels are an important part of our national heritage but preserving them requires funding, expertise and a lot of hard work. Hear about the challenges presented by these complex objects and the histories behind them.

Our expert panel brings together decades of experience working on and with historic vessels. They will discuss their day-to-day work with ships like Cutty Sark, now approaching its 150th birthday, as well as what the future may hold.

How to Live in Space

This event was originally scheduled to take place on 16 November. Due to unforseen circumstances this event will be rescheduled. If you are interested in attending in the future please contact our bookings team by email:

Based on the book of the same name, How to Live in Space is your ultimate guide to the future of human space travel. Learn about astronaut training, the practicalities of everyday life in orbit and look ahead to space tourism, moon bases and a voyage to Mars.

History Today: Artists and Their Times

The term ‘history painting’ was introduced in the seventeenth century to describe paintings with subject matter drawn from classical history and mythology, and the Bible. From the eighteenth century, it was also used to refer to more recent historical subjects and events. To celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy, we are focusing this November on how British artists have approached contemporary history in their work, often making references to the Old Master tradition to add power and meaning. Speakers will consider a wide range of subjects, artists, and locations.

Royal Observatory Greenwich Christmas Lecture

For this years Christmas Lecture, we have invited Dr. Jonathan Nichols (University of Leceister) to explain NASA's cutting-edge Juno mission to Jupiter, as well as revealing some of the latests stunning images it has captured. Launced in August 2011, the spacecraft started it's mission in earnest when it entered orbit around the gas giant Jupiter in July 2016. Dr. Nichols specialises in studying Jupiter's magnetic field, but will be talking about the goals of the Juno mission in general.


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'A New Naval History' book launch

A New Naval History brings together the most significant and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary naval history. Edited by Quintin Colville (Royal Museums Greenwich) & James Davey (University of Exeter), it includes chapters by Evan Wilson, Elaine Chalus, Mary Conley, Cindy McCreery, Daniel Owen Spence, Katherine Parker, Cicely Robinson, Barbara Korte, Jonathan Rayner, Emma Hanna and Jan Rüger.


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