Talks & Courses

Young Astronomers Workshop

Get hands-on in these short drop in family workshops themed around space science and exploration, from the most recent discoveries about the Solar System to our latest understanding of the wider universe.

Our team of Observatory Explainers include those who are studying astronomy at degree or postgraduate level and can answer your burning space questions such as: how big is the Universe and why is Pluto not a planet anymore? Also if you've always wondered what it takes to become an astronomer - they are the people to ask!

Introduction to Astronomy Course

We offer a wide range of adult courses related to astronomy, from short six-week introductory via one year intermediate courses to modular two year advanced courses.

This six week course is for people with no prior knowledge of astronomy. It offers a basic introduction to the subject from historical, scientific and practical perspective.

Courses run between

  • 18 September – 23 October 2018
  • 6 November – 11 December 2018
  • 8 January  – 12 Febuary 2019 
  • 26 Febuary – 2 April 2019
  • 23 April- 28 May 2019

Age: 16+


Women Making Waves at the National Maritime Museum

Includes free entry to The Great British Seaside Exhibition worth £11.50, lunch, and refreshments

Women Making Waves is a day to come together to reflect on female artists and activists and their relationship to the sea. The talks will be both inspirational and practical as the panel discuss how the sea has affected their creative work, but also how they are managing their careers as explorers and artists.

Jon Culshaw's Guide to the Night Sky

This event was originally scheduled to take place 15 March, but has moved to 13 July 

Jon is one of the judges for Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year and a frequent contributer to the Sky at Night amongst an illustrious comedy career. We're welcoming Jon to the Observatory to curate and share his own trip around the cosmos. From the near reaches of the Moon to the far reaches of the galaxy he'll be sure to wow us with a symphony of celestial delights.

Meet the Experts


5 September

Painting the Pacific

Sophie Richards, Exhibitions Interpretation Curator


12 September

Cobles, Scaffies, Wherries and Drifters: Alan Sorrell and Working Boats from Around the British Coast

Simon Stephens, Curator of Ship Model and Boats Collection


19 September

Pictorial Puzzles in Dutch and Flemish Seascapes

Dr Pieter van der Merwe, Greenwich Curator Emeritus


Observatory Unlocked

Enjoy a range of public talks and activities delivered by our Observatory Explainers, ranging from short talks on the hidden stories of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, to solar observing and hands on science demonstrations.

Our team of Observatory Explainers can answer your burning questions about astronomy such as: why do we need dark matter to explain the universe and how do astronomers know that space is expanding?


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