Talks & Courses

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.

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:

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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