Talks & Courses

Melting Ice

This inspiration workshop is especially for young people up to the age of 24.

If you're interested in poetry, climate change or art & activism, join us to explore climate change through poetry.

You'll get the opportunity to:

  • Meet professional poets
  • Take part in poetry-writing workshops
  • Explore how climate change is impacting our world
  • Discover how art can be used for activism

This event is part of the Melting Ice Writing Challenge

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 12 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


9 May: ‘Harlot’ and ‘Heroine’ : Exploring 19th century ideals of womanhood through the lives of Emma Hamilton and Grace Darling

Ellen Weineck, Curatorial Intern


16 May: Battles in Ink: the Pen Paintings of the van de Veldes 

Zoe Mercer-Golden, Assistant Curator


23 May: Disappearance: Shipwrecks, Tacita Dean and Paul Duke 

Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art


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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