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

  • Exploring the symbols and sounds of Zimingzhong
    by Guest authors on May 19, 2024 at 7:00 am

    Research Assistant David Francis reveals details of the rich decorative imagery and delightful sounds of the ornate clockwork timepieces. The post Exploring the symbols and sounds of Zimingzhong appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Saying goodbye to The Secret Life of the Home gallery
    by Science Museum on April 25, 2024 at 9:41 am

    After 29 years of delighting visitors with objects ranging from ancient Roman keys and flushing toilets to fridges and the video game 'Pong', the gallery will permanently close on 2 June. The post Saying goodbye to The Secret Life of the Home gallery appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Remembering Peter Higgs
    by Roger Highfield on April 10, 2024 at 10:22 am

    Roger Highfield, Science Director, pays tribute to the Nobelist and Science Museum Group Fellow, Peter Higgs. The post Remembering Peter Higgs appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Want a chance to name an asteroid?
    by Abbie MacKinnon on April 9, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    As members of the public get a chance to name an asteroid, Curator Abbie MacKinnon explores how these celestial bodies get their names. The post Want a chance to name an asteroid? appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Meet an Employee workshops on Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery
    by Science Museum on March 28, 2024 at 4:35 pm

    Recently the Science Museum celebrated its one millionth visitor to Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery. The student was part of class from a London school, who was taking part in one of the gallery’s free Meet an Employee workshops. The post Meet an Employee workshops on Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • The Energy Revolution we need to see
    by Tim Laurence on March 28, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    This week the Science Museum opened a stunning new gallery exploring what is probably the most important question of our age: how can the world limit dangerous climate change by transitioning away from fossil fuels in meeting global energy needs? Fossil fuels still meet around 80% of the world’s energy needs. That is why the rapid but carefully managed shift to a low-carbon economy based largely on renewable energy can fairly be described as an Energy Revolution. It’s how our The post The Energy Revolution we need to see appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Remembering NASA astronaut General Thomas P. Stafford
    by Abbie MacKinnon on March 27, 2024 at 11:00 am

    On 18 March 2024, NASA astronaut General Thomas P. Stafford passed away at the age of 93. Stafford was the commander of the Apollo 10 mission which launched on 18 May 1969. The post Remembering NASA astronaut General Thomas P. Stafford appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Introducing the new Energy Revolution gallery
    by Science Museum on March 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    On Tuesday 26 March the Science Museum opened Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery, a major free gallery examining the rapid energy transition and decarbonisation needed to limit climate change. The post Introducing the new Energy Revolution gallery appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Happy birthday, Matilde Montoya!
    by Guest authors on March 14, 2024 at 9:27 am

    A lifelong advocator of women’s educational rights and women’s and children’s health, today on what would be her 165th birthday, we celebrate the life and work of Mexico’s first female physician, Dr. Matilde Montoya. The post Happy birthday, Matilde Montoya! appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Celebrating Women in Engineering on International Women’s Day
    by Guest authors on March 8, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    For #IWD24, guest author and Engineers gallery contributor, Professor Larissa Suzuki, speaks to three fellow female contributors about their recent work. The post Celebrating Women in Engineering on International Women’s Day appeared first on Science Museum Blog.


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

  • Up Close and Personal: Photography and the Archive
    by Fiona Rogers on May 20, 2024 at 10:37 am

    To celebrate our collaborative exhibition, Acts of Resistance: Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest, a partnership between the V&A Parasol Foundation Women in Photography Project with South London Gallery, we invited writer Neha Kale... The post Up Close and Personal: Photography and the Archive appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Balancing the (e)books
    by Richard Espley on May 15, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    Many external cultural changes have affected the collections and services offered by the National Art Library (NAL) since we first welcomed visitors to our present majestic Reading Rooms 140 years ago. Among the most visible... The post Balancing the (e)books appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Designing digital engagement with Generation Alpha
    by Kati Price on May 14, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    Generation Alpha – people born in the early 2010s to mid 2020s – are set to be the most diverse, largest generation, with consequently the biggest spending power, and they’re already influencing their parents’ spending... The post Designing digital engagement with Generation Alpha appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Library readers: have your say!
    by Vicky Worsfold on May 14, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    Are you interested in the collections and services offered by the National Art Library? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the big wooden doors into our ‘staff only’ areas? Would you like to help influence the way we do things and the items we collect? If so, we would very much like to invite you to join our ‘Readers’ Forum’, where you can have your say on all these areas and more.   We’d like to make this a regular session and will offer light refreshments, behind the scenes tours and librarian talks about star objects from the... The post Library readers: have your say! appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Following in Turner’s footsteps at Tintern Abbey
    by Ruth Hibbard on May 9, 2024 at 10:11 am

    I recently went on holiday with my in-laws to the Forest of Dean, an area of outstanding natural beauty set between Wales and England. Top of my sightseeing list was Tintern Abbey, nestled among wooded... The post Following in Turner’s footsteps at Tintern Abbey appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Homecoming – Exhibition of Asante Gold Regalia at Manhiya Palace Museum, Kumasi
    by Angus Patterson on May 2, 2024 at 10:48 am

    Historic Asante gold court regalia acquired by the V&A in 1874 from items looted by British troops during the Anglo-Asante Wars has, gone on show in Ghana for the first time in 150 years, through... The post Homecoming – Exhibition of Asante Gold Regalia at Manhiya Palace Museum, Kumasi appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Winners: V&A Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography 2024
    by Fiona Rogers on May 1, 2024 at 8:00 am

    We are delighted to celebrate the winners of the 2024 V&A Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography, marking the second edition of the museum’s annual initiative to identify, support, and champion women artists. Produced... The post Winners: V&A Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography 2024 appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Tickets available – The Public Country House: ‘Treasure of Quiet Beauty’ or a Site for Public Histories?
    by Rebekah Hodgkinson on April 26, 2024 at 7:12 am

    On 16 and 17 May the V&A will host a two-day conference in partnership with the National Trust, bringing together experts to explore and debate the role of the historic country house in the twenty-first... The post Tickets available – The Public Country House: ‘Treasure of Quiet Beauty’ or a Site for Public Histories? appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • The India Museum Archive: cataloguing a colonial collection
    by Alexandra Sullivan on April 25, 2024 at 10:00 am

    I recently completed cataloguing the India Museum policy files (MA/70), and would like to share a few stories I discovered while writing the content summaries (also known as scope notes). Some of the files contain... The post The India Museum Archive: cataloguing a colonial collection appeared first on V&A Blog.

  • Researching South Asia provenance
    by Shreya Gupta on April 19, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    In the winter of 2023, I spent three months on placement at the V&A, where I researched the provenance of the museum’s South Asian collections as part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The V&A’s... The post Researching South Asia provenance appeared first on V&A Blog.



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