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Science Museum Blog News and insights from the Science Museum in London.

  • On Whose Shoulders Do We Stand?
    by Guest authors on January 19, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Far from being a fixed entity, the story of Greek science is a work in progress with its own meta-history. Dr. Patricia Fara explores the current story and factors that have influenced this narrative so far. The post On Whose Shoulders Do We Stand? appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Happy Birthday Tu YouYou
    by Rebecca Mellor on December 30, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Assistant curator Dr. Rebecca Mellor explores the life and work of Tu YouYou, Nobel Prize winner and the first person to discover a cure to Malaria. The post Happy Birthday Tu YouYou appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Coventry City of Culture 2021: Driving innovation
    by Rachel Boon on December 28, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    2021 was an exciting year for Coventry as it celebrated being UK City of Culture. From clocks and textiles to cycles and engines, the city has been at the forefront of technological innovation and change. The post Coventry City of Culture 2021: Driving innovation appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • James Webb lifts off
    by Heather Bennett on December 25, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Assistant Curator Heather Bennett introduces us to the James Webb Space Telescope, launching today. The post James Webb lifts off appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Coventry City of Culture 2021: Unravelling a history
    by Rachel Boon on December 24, 2021 at 11:08 am

    2021 was an exciting year for Coventry as it celebrated being UK City of Culture. From clocks and textiles to cycles and engines, the city has been at the forefront of technological innovation and change. The post Coventry City of Culture 2021: Unravelling a history appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • From the Chemist’s on the corner to the Biba Boutique
    by Robin Clark on December 22, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Collections Decant Assistant Robin Clark reveals unexpected connections between medicine, fashion and local history in the Science Museum Group Collection store at Blythe House in west London. The post From the Chemist’s on the corner to the Biba Boutique appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Ancient Greek Computing
    by Roger Highfield on December 15, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Two millennia ago, the Antikythera Mechanism was used in Ancient Greece to predict heavenly movements. Roger Highfield, Science Director, describes how this spectacular bronze computer was at least a millennium ahead of its time. The post Ancient Greek Computing appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Mountains of the Amazon rainforest at risk
    by Julia Knights on December 8, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Today (11 December) is International Mountain Day, a UN initiative launched in 2002 to highlight the key role mountains play in biodiversity and livelihoods. Dr Julia Knights, Deputy Director of the Science Museum, explores the mountains of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest through the lens of the stunning images by Sebastião Salgado in the Amazônia exhibition at the Science Museum. The post Mountains of the Amazon rainforest at risk appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Deforestation Pushes Amazon Towards Tipping Point
    by Roger Highfield on December 2, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has soared by 22% within a year. Science Director Roger Highfield talks to Brazilian climate scientist Patricia Pinho about the profound implications for biodiversity, indigenous people, and global climate. The post Deforestation Pushes Amazon Towards Tipping Point appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • History of The Electrophone
    by Guest authors on December 1, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    When Alexander Graham Bell first presented his telephone to audiences in the late 1800s, he made an interesting proposition. Bell suggested that this “talking telegraph” (the telephone) might be used for something other than transmitting and receiving messages. He suggested this invention could one day be used for something far more important – fun. The post History of The Electrophone appeared first on Science Museum Blog.


V&A Blog News, articles and stories from the V&A

  • Call for papers – Fragmented Illuminations symposium
    by Catherine Yvard on January 18, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    The V&A will be organising an online symposium in early July as a follow-up to the display Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria and Albert Museum (extended until 5 June 2022).... The post Call for papers – Fragmented Illuminations symposium appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • ‘Paw-some’ cat drawings by Louis Wain
    by Ruth Hibbard on January 18, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I work in the V&A’s Department of Art, Architecture, Photography and Design, and it is full of cat lovers. Talk can quickly turn from photographs to felines, from paintings to pussycats. Stumbling across a single... The post ‘Paw-some’ cat drawings by Louis Wain appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • ‘No Going Back’ – The Happy Museum’s peer learning programme for ‘Rapid Transformation’
    by Zoe Louizos on January 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    TheHappy Museum supports museum practice that places wellbeing within an environmental and future-facing framework. The Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums Network [SEFM] that I was co-chairing prior to the pandemic, was selected to be one be... The post ‘No Going Back’ – The Happy Museum’s peer learning programme for ‘Rapid Transformation’ appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Designing Bags: Inside Out
    by Graham Burn on January 14, 2022 at 11:53 am

    At Studio MUTT we design at all scales – from teapots to towers. Somewhere in that spectrum is exhibition design, which amounts to almost half of the projects the studio is currently working on. You... The post Designing Bags: Inside Out appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Becoming the Young V&A Collective
    by Helena Rice on January 7, 2022 at 11:30 am

    In Summer 2020 we worked with Spotlight Creative Youth Space, our Poplar-based partner organisation, on a pilot project which led to the formation of the Young V&A Collective. As Young V&A, we wanted to find... The post Becoming the Young V&A Collective appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Young V&A: transforming the building
    by Philippa Simpson on January 6, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    After five years of research, design and invaluable input from local children, families and schools, building work on the Young V&A finally started on site in August this year. The road to get here has... The post Young V&A: transforming the building appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Installing Richard Batterham: Studio Potter
    by Rebecca Luffman on December 22, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Recently we opened a new display in the V&A Ceramics Galleries, Richard Batterham: Studio Potter (Room 146, 26 Nov 2021 – 26 Sept 2022, https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/richard-batterham-studio-potter). In the making since 2019, this display showcases pots from the personal archive... The post Installing Richard Batterham: Studio Potter appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • School 21: “Why should I care about a chair?”
    by Becky Knott on December 21, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    The V&A East Storehouse, opening 2024, will revolutionise access to the collection and visitors will be invited on a behind-the-scenes tour where they will encounter a wide variety of objects through changing displays and a... The post School 21: “Why should I care about a chair?” appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Blackhorse Workshop: Making and Community
    by Sarah Green on December 21, 2021 at 10:22 am

    In the run up to opening V&A East we’ve been building a community and network of designers and creative practitioners across east London.  I meet with a range of different community partners regularly to catch up... The post Blackhorse Workshop: Making and Community appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • A tribute to Richard Rogers
    by Christopher Turner on December 20, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Richard Rogers was fond of quoting the ancient Athenian oath: ‘I shall leave this City not less but more beautiful than I found it’, which he claimed was the driving ambition behind all his work.... The post A tribute to Richard Rogers appeared first on V&A Blog.



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