Essential Information

Type Events and festivals
Location
In Greenwich
Date and Times 8-17 March 2024
Prices See page for details

Uncover the mysteries of time and space this British Science Week with the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

From 8-17 March 2024 we'll be hosting a jam-packed programme of events suitable for all ages.

Meet Royal Observatory astronomers and curators, delve into hands-on workshops, and come behind the scenes at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre to discover the science of museum conservation.

This year's theme for British Science Week is 'Time', so where better to celebrate than at the Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Mean Time!

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What’s On

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The Live Assembly
A clock with 24 hours displayed on the face, installed outside the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Talks and tours | British Science Week

The Live Assembly

Join the Royal Observatory’s Curator of Time for a live streamed assembly exploring the origins of telling time and the evolution of time-telling instruments
Friday 8 March 2024 | 9.30am - 10am
Free Entry
Online
Evening of Astrophotography
Image of many people standing around within a photography gallery with astrophotography images on the walls
Talks and tours | British Science Week

Evening of Astrophotography

Come along to a panel discussion to learn more about astrophotography, and enjoy a private viewing of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 exhibition.
Friday 8 March 2024 | 6pm-8pm
Adult: £12 | Students & Under 25: £8.50
National Maritime Museum
Observatory Unlocked
A teacher demonstrates a special type of video camera to students
Events and festivals | British Science Week

Observatory Unlocked

Want to travel through time? Use a telescope! Discover the secrets of astrophotography in this special drop-in session at the Royal Observatory
9, 10, 16 and 17 March 2024 | 11am-2.30pm
Included with Royal Observatory admission
Royal Observatory
Young Astronomers
A family workshop at the Royal Observatory, with a boy drawing with a pen and a girl playing with a VR headset
Family fun | British Science Week

Young Astronomers

How long does it take to travel to other worlds? Join this family workshop with Royal Observatory astronomers to find out!
9, 10, 16 and 17 March 2024 | 11.30am-2.30pm
Free for Planetarium ticketholders and Royal Observatory visitors
Royal Observatory
Make, Do and Maintain: Crafted Time
Family enjoying Heritage Open day in a big room with white tables and large windows, they are doing a craft activity
Workshops | British Science Week

Make, Do and Maintain: Crafted Time

As part of British Science Week, join us for a time-themed edition of our Make, Do and Maintain craft sessions, where we'll be looking at how fabrics change over time and making our own biodegradable coasters
Saturday 9 March 2024 | 1pm - 2.30pm
Free (+ £1.00 booking fee)
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Primary teacher CPD – time and space
An image of four adults sitting next to each other looking at a table which has a white sphere on it. One person is holding a stick with two small white balls on each end of it and smiling. Two others are holding and looking at devices connected by wires.
Workshops | British Science Week

Primary teacher CPD – time and space

Primary school teachers are invited to this interactive online session, where we will discuss how to effectively teach difficult curriculum-related astronomy and time topics
Tuesday 12 March 2024 | 4.30 - 5.30pm
Free
Online
Delve Deeper: Specialist tours
Participants viewing the oldest portolan chart in the National Maritime Museum's collections from 1456.
Talks and tours | British Science Week

Delve Deeper: Specialist tours

Delve deeper into Royal Museums Greenwich's collection on our specialist tours of the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Monthly | 7-8.30pm
£20 Adults
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Diving into the Dark: Supermassive Black Holes
Colour composite image of the galaxy Centaurus A
Talks and tours | British Science Week

Diving into the Dark: Supermassive Black Holes

A special Think Space Lecture for British Science Week with Dr. Maitrayee Gupta
Friday 15 March 2024 | 6-7pm
Free
Online
Silver Screen Science-Fiction presents... Back To The Future
The Veil Nebula as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Filaments of blue, green, and red light cover the image, tracing different gases inside the curtain-like cloud.
Events and festivals | British Science Week

Silver Screen Science-Fiction presents... Back To The Future

Join us for Marty McFly's debut as he heads back to the future!
Saturday 16 March 2024 | 6-8.30pm
£10 Adult | £5 Child
Royal Observatory
Coder Dojo
Family engaging coding workshop
Workshops | British Science Week

Coder Dojo

Be inspired by the collection and create computer programmes, animation, art and electronic experiments in response
First Saturday of the month
Free
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Image
A woman looks through a VR headset

About British Science Week

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration held every year in March, with thousands of events running throughout the UK celebrating science, engineering, technology and maths.

The theme for 2024 is 'Time'. From the mysteries of time travel to caring for historic clocks, Greenwich is the perfect place to explore the science and significance of time. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is proud to partner with the British Science Association to celebrate 30 years of British Science Week. 

Find more events taking place around the UK and download free activity packs on the British Science Week website.