Talks & Courses

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.

'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.

Maritime Lecture Series: Living in the Arctic

Herbert will take us through the journey of polar food, introducing the cultural and spiritual connection Inuit have with hunting, their environment and the food they eat.  Expect tales of Arctic explorers, surprising provisions, and some fun food stories.

Kari Herbert is an author and travel photojournalist. She has travelled widely in the Polar regions. Her first book, The Explorer’s Daughter, is a travelogue-memoir about her return to Northwest Greenland where she lived as a child with her father, Sir Wally Herbert, among a small tribe of Inuit hunters.


Mental health at Sea, 1740-1820

What happened to those who suffered from mental health problems at sea? What did it mean to be ‘mad’ in the Royal Navy? How were ‘mad’ sailors and ‘drunken’ sailors viewed differently? 

Join Dr Beck (Pearsall Fellow, Institute of Historical Research) as she explores experiences of mental illness in the Royal Navy of the 1700s and early 1800s. Hear how ships’ surgeons and courts martial sought to understand and treat ‘madness’ when life at sea exposed men to hard drinking, exhaustion, head injuries, sunstroke, loneliness and grief, all believed by contemporaries to cause insanity.


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