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

  • Earth at a tipping point
    by Roger Highfield on October 15, 2021 at 10:17 am

    To mark the opening of Amazônia, Science Director Roger Highfield talks to Prof Tim Lenton about why the fate of the Amazon rainforest is a global concern as it approaches a climate tipping point. The post Earth at a tipping point appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Introducing Amazônia by Sebastião Salgado
    by Guest authors on October 13, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is crucial to the Earth’s climate and biodiversity, but this unique ecosystem faces increasing threats. Our latest exhibition Amazônia, presented by photographer Sebastião Salgado, winner of the 2021 Praemium Imperiale award, uncovers the Amazon at this vital moment. The post Introducing Amazônia by Sebastião Salgado appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Can we feed the world without wrecking it?
    by Roger Highfield on October 11, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    A milestone international survey of public attitudes conducted for the museum reveals concern about food waste but widespread lack of understanding about the link between food production and climate change. Roger Highfield, Science Director, reports. The post Can we feed the world without wrecking it? appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Happy Birthday Alan Hart
    by Guest authors on October 4, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Assistant Curator Laura Büllesbach explores the life and work of Alan Hart, a transgender pioneer of tuberculosis research. The post Happy Birthday Alan Hart appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Summer at the Science Museum
    by Sir Ian Blatchford on September 10, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    With the start of the new school year, our Director reflects on positive summer visitor numbers for the museum. The post Summer at the Science Museum appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • A small revolution: Michael Faraday and the origins of the electric motor
    by Richard Dunn on September 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Two hundred years ago, British natural philosopher Michael Faraday made a discovery that marked a crucial turning point in our understanding of electricity and magnetism. The post A small revolution: Michael Faraday and the origins of the electric motor appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Getting to Mercury
    by Doug Millard on August 9, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    A remarkable engine, designed to help slow down a spacecraft, recently went on display. We asked space curator Doug Millard to explain more. The post Getting to Mercury appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Thomas Edison’s Electric Pen
    by Kerry Grist on August 6, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Assistant Curator Kerry Grist explores some of Thomas Edison's lesser known inventions, and highlights some of the figures in Edison's team who were key to making his ideas a reality. The post Thomas Edison’s Electric Pen appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Tortoises and Turing
    by Guest authors on August 2, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Curator Emeritus Andrew Nahum reflects on Alan Turing's only known visit to the Science Museum, which took place in August 1951. The post Tortoises and Turing appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Finishing the Human Genome
    by Roger Highfield on June 24, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Roger Highfield, Science Director, celebrates a milestone in reading the entire complement of human DNA, or genome, which reveals a hidden landscape of human genetics. The post Finishing the Human Genome appeared first on Science Museum Blog.


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

  • Building bridges: models creating confidence in engineering innovation
    by Joana Albernaz Delgado on October 13, 2021 at 9:46 am

    If you are familiar with £20 Scottish banknotes, you might recall that they feature the renowned Forth Bridge near Edinburgh, a sensational innovation in the 1880s. What you might not have noticed is that they... The post Building bridges: models creating confidence in engineering innovation appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Summer of Play continues…
    by Chinami Sakai on October 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

    The Young V&A team had a great #SummerofPlay, popping up in various locations in East London from July to September. Artist Matt Shaw was one of the fantastic creative people who worked with us on... The post Summer of Play continues… appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • V&A Innovate Talks: sustainability, inclusive design, and identity making
    by Holly Burton on October 11, 2021 at 9:40 am

    As part of V&A Innovate – our annual National Schools Challenge for Key Stage 3 students – we run a series of free, online talks for teachers with inspiring artists, designers and innovators.   Watch recordings of our V&A Innovate Talks series... The post V&A Innovate Talks: sustainability, inclusive design, and identity making appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Giving talks at the V&A during a pandemic
    by Alexander Ogilvie-Graham on October 8, 2021 at 11:30 am

    In February this year I started my volunteer guide training. I really enjoyed my training with my mentor, V&A Guide Elizabeth Hamilton, and my assessment was fun too. I actually gave my first talk to... The post Giving talks at the V&A during a pandemic appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Sonic and visual responses to the V&A’s Glastonbury Archive
    by Keith Hale on October 6, 2021 at 9:19 am

    In April 2021, students from London South Bank University were invited to participlate in the V&A’s Glastonbury @ 50 project – a series of events celebrating 50 years of Glastonbury Festival.   We’d heard that... The post Sonic and visual responses to the V&A’s Glastonbury Archive appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • The making of the Mapping Glastonbury interactive
    by Keith Hale on October 5, 2021 at 10:40 am

    This post was written by the We are Freak – a creative studio specialising in visual, audio and interactive design The V&A is home to the Glastonbury Festival Archive, an extraordinary collection of objects, sounds,... The post The making of the Mapping Glastonbury interactive appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Enter the wonderful world of Kristjana S Williams
    by Elizabeth Lovatt on September 29, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    We spoke to illustrator Kristjana S Williams about her work for the V&A's Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition The post Enter the wonderful world of Kristjana S Williams appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Bethany Williams: Good Design
    by Katy Canales on September 29, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Bethany Williams's designs are indicative of successful co-design, ethical fashion, and power of our collections to inspire. The post Bethany Williams: Good Design appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Retrieving the collection from storage for V&A East
    by Benjamin Brown on September 29, 2021 at 8:19 am

    After months of planning, collating of lists, revisions to said lists and meetings between different departments, August finally saw the retrieval of objects from Blythe House in preparation for installation at the two V&A East... The post Retrieving the collection from storage for V&A East appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Sian Fan – digital wonderlands resident
    by Simon Dodi on September 27, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Sian Fan is joining us as the V&A Digital Wonderlands resident! Sian is an interdisciplinary artist practicing in London. Her work combines movement, the body and technology to explore embodiment, spirituality and human experience in... The post Sian Fan – digital wonderlands resident appeared first on V&A Blog.



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