Talks and courses

Join us to explore the universe, astronomy, great art and history. From our annual astronomy courses to our regular maritime history lecture series, get the latest knowledge from experts in the field. 

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Study the stars with our expert-led Astronomy courses

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Discover our past in new ways with our curator-led Maritime History Lectures

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

Explore great art and royal history in the 17th-century Queen's House

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Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House
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Talks & Courses
The first in a lecture series about food, its contexts and histories. Dr Kaori O’Connor will explore Hawaiian feasts and mariners in the...
Times:
20 September | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Guided tours
SOLD OUT: Join us for a free 30 minute tours of the 19th century Altazimuth Pavilion and viewing of the new Annie Maunder Astrographic...
Times:
22 and 23 September | 2pm, 2.40pm, 3.20pm, 4pm
Location:
Royal Observatory
Why have the British traditionally been reluctant to eat seaweed? This talk examines cultural attitudes to food from the sea, illustrated...
Times:
27 September | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Join Kari Herbert for a talk about life on the very brink of civilisation, where she will be sharing her experiences of living with a...
Times:
4 October | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Join an astronomer for a special show featuring the New Crescent Moon and the history of studying it.  
Times:
Saturday 6 October | 10 - 10.45am
Location:
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Talks & Courses
This is part of the Maritime Lecture Series about food, its contexts and histories. Marc Meltonville explores how the Tudors and Stuarts...
Times:
11 October | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Part of our Maritime Lecture Series about food, its contexts and histories, Janet Macdonald looks at alternative food suppliers for the...
Times:
18 October | 11am - 12.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Join us for a free talk in central London on Sir Walter Ralegh by historian Dr Anna Beer, followed by a wine reception. All are welcome and...
Times:
23 October | 5.15pm, wine reception from 6.30pm
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Talks & Courses
Join us for a study afternoon on the Stuart period, featuring talks, a panel discussion and a tour of our new gallery.
Times:
26 October | 1.00pm - 4.30pm
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Join us for a free Black History talk in central London. All are welcome and there is no need to book.
Times:
6 November | 5.15pm - 6.30pm
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Conferences & study days
Focused on both naval and mercantile marine contexts, the conference will place the experience of the maritime war within the historical...
Times:
Thursday to Saturday, 8-10 November 2018
Location:
National Maritime Museum
Talks & Courses
Join us for a free talk in central London on mental health in the Georgian navy by historian Dr Catherine Beck. All are welcome and there...
Times:
26 February | 5.15pm - 6.30pm
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