Talks & Courses

Queen’s House Lecture Series: Remarkable Women

Spanning the Elizabethan and Victorian Ages, follow the lives of five extraordinary women – matriarch and entrepreneur Bess of Hardwick, poet and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, local Deptford businesswoman Mary Slade, antiquarian collector Sarah Sophia Banks, world traveller Annie Russell-Cotes and the explorer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell

1 March

The harem and the veil: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Ottoman Empire – Christine Riding, Royal Museums Greenwich

Think Space lectures

This series of talks provides a rare opportunity for students to hear scientists from around the UK talk about the latest research in the fields of astronomy, physics, planetary geology and space exploration. It includes the opportunity to ask these experts questions about their research and the wider field of astronomy.
These talks are aimed at students between the ages of 13-18 but there are limited spaces for the public too.
Age: 11+

Upcoming Lectures

16th October 2018

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+


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.


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