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

  • Remarkable kidneys
    by Selina Hurley on March 12, 2020 at 7:01 am

    To mark World Kidney Day, Curator of Medicine Selina Hurley reflects on this unsung hero of the human body.

  • The makers of today and tomorrow
    by Guest authors on February 22, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Ahead of Science City Lates on 26 February, Participation Assistant Audrey Aidoo-Davies discusses an exciting project she’s been running with curator Alexandra Rose and some young makers of today.

  • Exciting tales and top secret work of pigeons in the First World War
    by Dr Elizabeth Bruton on February 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Dr Elizabeth Bruton explores more about how in the First World War, carrier pigeons were used to send short messages on land, in air, and at sea.

  • Breaking Enigma: A story of European co-operation
    by Dr Elizabeth Bruton on February 19, 2020 at 9:15 am

    How did European co-operation between Polish, French and British codebreakers contribute to breaking the German Enigma cipher during the Second World War? 

  • Women in space
    by Julia Knights on February 11, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Dr Julia Knights, Deputy Director of the Science Museum, celebrates the recent achievements of astronaut Christina Koch whilst emphasising the key role women play in STEM and space exploration.

  • The Seagull has landed
    by Margaret Campbell on February 6, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Assistant Curator Margaret Campbell outlines the world’s first successful autonomous drone delivery of diabetes medication.

  • Our 200-year relationship with Antarctica
    by Harriet Jackson on January 27, 2020 at 9:46 am

    This month marks 200 years since explorers first sighted Antarctica. These objects from the Science Museum Group Collection explore our complicated relationship with Antarctica since then.

  • Celebrating Madame Lavoisier
    by Rupert Cole on January 20, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Today marks the birthday of Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758-1836), a French chemist who played a leading, yet sometimes overlooked, role in the foundations of modern chemistry.

  • A wooden Iron Lung
    by Guest authors on January 9, 2020 at 7:27 am

    'These devices still appear alarming to us today; no wonder ten-year-old Daphne was scared at being told she actually had to lie inside it...' Research Fellow Farrah Lawrence-Mackey explores the story of a special Iron Lung she came across while carrying out research in the Science Museum Group stores.

  • The Krogers’ Radio Transmitter
    by Guest authors on January 7, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Science Museum volunteer Stephen Dalziel takes us back to 1950s England to explore the bizarre story of the Krogers.


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

  • Eaves dropping on the Library roof
    by Vicky Worsfold on April 1, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    An update from up above. I previously reported on the state of play with the Library’s roof refurbishment project. Work has now been suspended but plenty of progress has been made up to this point. ... The post Eaves dropping on the Library roof appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Gayle Chong Kwan – ‘Capturing Motion’
    by Gayle Chong Kwan on March 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    At the core of Gayle Chong Kwan’s practice is an expanded and embodied notion of photography. The work that she is developing as Artist in Residence in Photography at the V&A, on the theme of... The post Gayle Chong Kwan – ‘Capturing Motion’ appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • In case you’ve missed us…
    by Tom Windross on March 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I hope it goes without saying that we would prefer it if the museum were open. Over the last week we’ve moved to remote working, updated the V&A site once or twice, and tried to... The post In case you’ve missed us… appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • 10 of our favourite clocks
    by Polly Bussell on March 27, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    It’s that time of year again when the clocks turn back. So, we’ve rummaged through our collection to present 10 fascinating clocks for your viewing pleasure. The post 10 of our favourite clocks appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • A brave new world of travel
    by Frances Willis on March 27, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Grand-Carteret, John. La Voiture De Demain: Histoire De L’automobilisme (Passe, Present, Technique, Caricatures). Paris: Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle, Eugène Fasquelle, éditeur, 1898.   The post A brave new world of travel appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • To loan, or not to loan?
    by Katrina Redman on March 25, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. The post To loan, or not to loan? appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim!
    by Harriet Reed on March 23, 2020 at 10:22 am

    22nd March 2020 marks the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, arguably one of the most influential musical lyricists and composers of the 20th century.   Sondheim is responsible for some of the most iconic musicals of our time, including Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Into The Woods, Follies, Company,... The post Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim! appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Coronavirus update
    by Blog Editor on March 17, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee)... The post Coronavirus update appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • V&A Conservation Journal, Autumn 2019 Number 66
    by Sherrie Eatman on March 16, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    The 11 articles posted between October 2018 and September 2019 are now available to read online as one complete issue, Autumn 2019 Number 66, in Issuu: https://issuu.com/vandapublishing/docs/conservation_journal_66_pages The last three issues of the V&A Conservation... The post V&A Conservation Journal, Autumn 2019 Number 66 appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • V&A Illustration Awards: In Conversation with Daniel Clarke (Student Runner Up, 2012)
    by Rebecca Law on March 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Daniel Clarke is an illustrator and painter who has a keen eye for design. He was nominated Student Runner Up, 2012 for his sensitive book ‘Heygate Memories’.  His ability to combine strong geometric shapes with... The post V&A Illustration Awards: In Conversation with Daniel Clarke (Student Runner Up, 2012) appeared first on V&A Blog.



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