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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain, the first woman to receive a medical d...
09/06/2019

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain, the first woman to receive a medical degree in France, the first female mayor in England and a suffragist.

She was born #OnThisDay in 1836 and this is her story: http://bit.ly/2QU9AEG

© Science Museum / Science and Society Picture Library

Happy #WorldOceansDay! These plastic toys, now part of our collection, were part of a consignment of nearly 30,000 plast...
08/06/2019

Happy #WorldOceansDay!

These plastic toys, now part of our collection, were part of a consignment of nearly 30,000 plastic toys that fell into the North Pacific from a container ship in 1992.

Many of these toys inadvertently became part of a massive scientific study helping oceanographers refine their models of ocean surface currents and to track drift patterns.

On 12 July, we’re hosting a screening of Spirit of Discovery followed by a panel discussion, led by physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski, on how science can inform policy for protecting our oceans.

Book now http://bit.ly/2WRVh90

© 'The First Years Friendly Floatees', Science Museum / Science and Society Picture Library

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.  Codenamed Operation Neptune, and also referred to as the Norman...
06/06/2019

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Codenamed Operation Neptune, and also referred to as the Normandy landings, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

During Operation Neptune, German Naval Enigma deciphering was performed on site in Bletchley Park.

Find out more about the Bletchley Park codebreakers and trace the evolution of the gadgets and devices used to conceal and decode the secrets of others in our upcoming, free exhibition Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security.
http://bit.ly/2WOwaE2

© Enigma M1070, Science Museum / GCHQ

A Bose-Einstein condensate was first created #OnThisDay in 1995. This unusual state of matter occurs when atoms or subat...
05/06/2019

A Bose-Einstein condensate was first created #OnThisDay in 1995.

This unusual state of matter occurs when atoms or subatomic particles are cooled to almost absolute zero (− 273.15 °C) and display quantum phenomena.
It was first predicted in 1925 by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein.

You can investigate the incredible properties of different states of matter in Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery http://bit.ly/2QKLeNC

#OnThisDay in 1910 Christopher Cockerell, the English engineer who invented the hovercraft, was born.His first Hovercraf...
04/06/2019

#OnThisDay in 1910 Christopher Cockerell, the English engineer who invented the hovercraft, was born.

His first Hovercraft prototype, the SR.N1, was launched in the spring of 1959 and crossed the English Channel successfully in July 1959.
This hovercraft is now part of the Science Museum Group's collection http://bit.ly/2QMhqAf

This image shows a scale model of the SR.N7 hovercraft, a development from Cockerell's initial prototype.
© Science Museum Group Collection

#OnThisday in 1769 the transit of Venus was observed from places around the world, most notably by James Cook in Tahiti....
03/06/2019

#OnThisday in 1769 the transit of Venus was observed from places around the world, most notably by James Cook in Tahiti.

During a transit, Venus appears as a small black disc travelling across the Sun. This unusual astronomical phenomenon takes place in a pattern that repeats itself every 243 years, with the next transit taking place on 10 - 11 December, 2117.

© The last instance of this rare phenomenon captured on 5 June 2012 / NASA Goddard

#OnThisDay in 1896, Guglielmo Marconi receives a patent for his newest invention: the radio. Marconi was a pioneer of wi...
02/06/2019

#OnThisDay in 1896, Guglielmo Marconi receives a patent for his newest invention: the radio.

Marconi was a pioneer of wireless telegraphy. Born in Italy in 1874, he began experimenting in about 1894 after having become aware of the work of Hertz.

In December 1901, he successfully transmitted the first wireless telegraphy signals across the Atlantic Ocean. He was awarded the Nobel prize in physics in 1909.

The image shows the AXBT microphone, which was the fourth generation of Marconi’s ‘Type A’ microphones. Used widely by the BBC from the 1930s onwards, the Type A came to symbolise the BBC. This is currently on display in our Information Age gallery.

© BBC Marconi AXBT ribbon microphone, inst. no. 498044, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1944-1959.

Happy birthday, Helen Sharman, who was born #OnThisDay in 1963!After responding to a radio advertisement asking for appl...
30/05/2019

Happy birthday, Helen Sharman, who was born #OnThisDay in 1963!

After responding to a radio advertisement asking for applicants to be the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman was selected for the mission live on ITV, on 25 November 1989, ahead of nearly 13,000 other applicants. The programme was known as Project Juno and was a cooperative Soviet Union–British mission

Taking part in the Soyuz TM-12 mission aboard the Mir space station, she became the first British astronaut at the age of 27.

You can see Helen’s Sokol space suit on display in our Exploring Space gallery.

© Science Museum Group / Science and Society Picture Library

We're excited to announce that this autumn, we are opening Science City 1550-1800: The Linbury Gallery. Journey through ...
29/05/2019

We're excited to announce that this autumn, we are opening Science City 1550-1800: The Linbury Gallery.

Journey through 250 years of discovery and explore how London's scientists and artisans transformed our understanding of the world.

This free gallery, opening on 12 September 2019, spans over 650 m² and will feature iconic objects like Sir Isaac Newton’s pivotal work Principia Mathematica, and Robert Hooke’s microscope that helped reveal the secrets of the natural world, alongside spectacular objects commissioned by King George III.

Find out more http://bit.ly/2YUAmPX

© Newton’s reflecting telescope 1671, Royal Society collections

On May 28, 1936, Alan Turing submitted his ground breaking paper, “On Computable Numbers.”  Just 24 years old at the...
28/05/2019

On May 28, 1936, Alan Turing submitted his ground breaking paper, “On Computable Numbers.”

Just 24 years old at the time of publication, Turing both identified the characteristics of a “computable” number and described a simple method for carrying out those computations.

Explore the story of Alan Turing and the team of Bletchley Park codebreakers who broke the Enigma code in 1941 in our upcoming, free exhibition Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security which opens 10 July, 2019.

Book your free ticket now http://bit.ly/2VZw2Cb

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library -- All rights reserved.

Apollo 10 returned to earth #onthisday in 1969 after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the fo...
26/05/2019

Apollo 10 returned to earth #onthisday in 1969 after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.

In our Making the Modern World Gallery, you can see the Apollo 10 command module accompanied by a collection of mission patches and the instrument panel from the Apollo Mission Simulator for training astronauts to fly the Apollo Command Module.

© Apollo 10 at Science Museum Jan 1976 / Science and Society Picture Library, Science Museum Group

#OnThisDay in 1961, U.S. president John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to init...
25/05/2019

#OnThisDay in 1961, U.S. president John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the moon" before the end of the decade.

Join us for our Summer of Space festival which is celebrating the history of human space exploration and looks at where future endeavours might take us.

This weekend, we have a free family festival where you can dress as an astronaut, send a postcard from the Moon, meet Snoopy and find out more about his connection to NASA and much more!

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2HSa1vj

📷 Aldrin walks on moon © Courtesy of Statement Pictures for CNN FilmsMacGillivray Freeman Films

Happy 200th birthday, Queen Victoria - who was born #onthisday in 1819. She was crowned on 20 June 1837 and reigned for ...
24/05/2019

Happy 200th birthday, Queen Victoria - who was born #onthisday in 1819.
She was crowned on 20 June 1837 and reigned for 63 years, seven months and two days.

Join us, along with 18 other institutions, at The Great Exhibition Road Festival for a weekend that brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances - all in the spirit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s vision for the Great Exhibition, 200 years on from when they were born.

Find out more here http://bit.ly/2HN3y4K

© Queen Victoria, in a pink gown, announcing the opening of the Great Exhibition. Getty Images

Following this morning’s news, we are excited to announce that our Summer of Space has begun!Through bumper family wee...
23/05/2019

Following this morning’s news, we are excited to announce that our Summer of Space has begun!

Through bumper family weekend festivals, thought-provoking adults-only evening events and much, much more, Summer of Space celebrates the history of human space exploration and looks at where our future endeavours might take us.

Start planning your summer now: http://bit.ly/2HL1XMQ

23/05/2019
Tim Peake announces the return of Soyuz to the Science Museum

After a record-breaking, 20 month, 8-venue tour seen by over 1.3 million visitors, Tim Peake’s Soyuz capsule, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, has landed permanently in our Exploring Space gallery.

The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module safely carried Tim Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra back from the International Space Station in June 2016. http://bit.ly/2HLIP10

This half-term, immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.Ignite yo...
21/05/2019

This half-term, immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.

Ignite your curiosity with over 50 mind-blowing exhibits, shows and demonstrations.

Take part in live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, see lightning strike before your eyes, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars.

Book a ticket to Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery now and avoid queues http://bit.ly/2HLHDuH

Today is #WorldMetrologyDay!The theme this year is The International System of Units, and we are celebrating the redefin...
20/05/2019

Today is #WorldMetrologyDay!

The theme this year is The International System of Units, and we are celebrating the redefinition of the kilogram.

Representatives from around the world have voted to base the kilogram on fundamental constants of nature rather than rely on the original, physical kilogram, which is stored in a vault in Paris.

Read more on our blog here http://bit.ly/2HBiIKf

This month's Lates is celebrating the digitisation of the kilogram and exploring all things measurement and control. http://bit.ly/2HxWKHU

© The UK Kilogram and a Kibble Balance, National Physical Laboratory

#OnThisDay in 1991, Helen Sharman sat on top of a Soviet Soyuz rocket in modern-day Kazakhstan, ready to launch into spa...
18/05/2019

#OnThisDay in 1991, Helen Sharman sat on top of a Soviet Soyuz rocket in modern-day Kazakhstan, ready to launch into space. On that day she made history by becoming Britain’s first astronaut.
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She spent eight days on the Mir space station. While in space, she focused on biological experiments and chatted with British school children over amateur radio.
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You can read more about the Sokol-KV-2 rescue suit worn by Helen Sharman during the Juno mission to the Mir space station on our collections page http://bit.ly/2VJYtUl or visit it in our Exploring Space Gallery.

#OnThisDay in 1969 the Apollo 10 command module, (call sign 'Charlie Brown') carrying astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Y...
18/05/2019

#OnThisDay in 1969 the Apollo 10 command module, (call sign 'Charlie Brown') carrying astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan, was launched on a lunar orbital mission as the dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 landing.
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Charlie Brown is on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and is currently on display in our Making The Modern World gallery.

We're delighted to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to join astronomer Royal Martin Rees and Dr Brian May t...
16/05/2019

We're delighted to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to join astronomer Royal Martin Rees and Dr Brian May to discuss the past, present and future of space travel, as well as signed copies of both Brian May's book 'Mission Moon 3-D', the first book on the space race in 3-D, and Martin Rees' latest book 'On The Future: Prospects for Humanity'.

This sold out event will take place at 19.00 on 24 May at the Science Museum.

For the chance to win, click here http://bit.ly/2vWQ5BR
© The London Stereoscopic Company Ltd

#OnThisDay in 1796, English country doctor Edward Jenner administered the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowp...
14/05/2019

#OnThisDay in 1796, English country doctor Edward Jenner administered the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

After observing that cowpox infection seemed to protect humans against smallpox, Jenner inoculated an eight-year-old boy with cowpox matter from a blister on the hand of an English milkmaid. He then repeatedly attempted to “challenge” the cowpox inoculation by exposing the boy to smallpox material—but the boy never fell ill. Jenner had demonstrated smallpox immunization.

© portrait variation based on a drawing by J R Smith in 1800.

Today we are celebrating the birthdays of both Florence Nightingale (b 1820), founder of modern nursing and statistician...
12/05/2019

Today we are celebrating the birthdays of both Florence Nightingale (b 1820), founder of modern nursing and statistician, and Dorothy Hodgkin (b. 1910), chemist and Nobel prize laureate.

Florence Nightingale, byname Lady with the Lamp, was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War.
Her efforts to formalize nursing education led her to establish the first scientifically based nursing school—the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. She was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit (1907).
Read more here http://bit.ly/2HgOTOG

Dorothy Hodgkin was a British chemist who developed protein crystallography, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964.
She advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography, a method used to determine the three-dimensional structures of molecules. Among her most influential discoveries are the confirmation of the structure of penicillin and the structure of insulin.
You can see a model made by Dorothy Hodgkin c.1967, to show the structure of 2 zinc pig insulin crystals in our Making the Modern World gallery.

© Florence Nightingale, Science Museum / Science and Society Picture Library
© Dorothy Hodgkin, Daily Herald Archive/National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Happy Birthday Mr. Feynman! The American physicist who helped developing and understanding quantum mechanics was born #O...
11/05/2019

Happy Birthday Mr. Feynman!

The American physicist who helped developing and understanding quantum mechanics was born #OnThisDay in 1918.

He was a true champion of scientific thinking, and once said “Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”

Read about Richard Feynman's natural aptitude for partying and playing the bongos in one of our blog posts here http://bit.ly/2VtGf9M

We’ve joined forces with The Twilight Zone to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the weird and wonderfu...
10/05/2019

We’ve joined forces with The Twilight Zone to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the weird and wonderful theater show based on the classic TV series at 7.45pm on 17 May, followed by a special Q&A, and a goodie bag.

To enter simply fill out the competition form here: http://bit.ly/2VteBth

#OnThisDay in 1941, the Royal Navy captured an intact Enigma machine, its cipher keys, and code books. This allowed Alan...
09/05/2019

#OnThisDay in 1941, the Royal Navy captured an intact Enigma machine, its cipher keys, and code books.

This allowed Alan Turing and his team of Bletchley Park code-breakers to break the German's Enigma code, which was used for top secret military messages.

It is believed that breaking the Enigma code may have shortened the war by as much as two years.

Discover the remarkable world of code-breaking and secret communications in our upcoming must-see, free exhibition Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security. Open from 10 July, 2019
http://bit.ly/2vJDQZj

© Enigma M1070, GCHQ / Science Museum

#OnThisDay in 1886, the first glass of Coca-Cola was sold. Invented by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton, Coca-Cola was or...
08/05/2019

#OnThisDay in 1886, the first glass of Coca-Cola was sold. Invented by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton, Coca-Cola was originally intended as a patent medicine.

This can was flown on Space Shuttle mission 51-F, flown by the Challenger orbiter in July 1985. It is designed to dispense a carbonated beverage in microgravity.

Credit © Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

This week is the last chance to catch Tim Peake’s Soyuz capsule, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, at...
07/05/2019

This week is the last chance to catch Tim Peake’s Soyuz capsule, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, at the Ulster Transport Museum in Belfast before it closes on 12 May 2019.

© Ulster Transport Museum

#MayThe4thBeWithYouThough much of Star Wars is very firmly a work of fiction, the films have inspired scientists and ent...
04/05/2019

#MayThe4thBeWithYou

Though much of Star Wars is very firmly a work of fiction, the films have inspired scientists and enthusiasts alike since the release of Episode IV – A New Hope in May 1977.

Celebrate #StarWarsDay by exploring the science behind this epic space saga.
Read more here: bit.ly/2Y9wwlY

Need inspiration for your bank holiday weekend? Why not fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder ...
03/05/2019

Need inspiration for your bank holiday weekend?

Why not fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder by visiting Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery?

With over 50 interactive exhibits, spectacular shows and awe-inspiring demonstrations, Wonderlab pushes you to think like a scientist.

Book your slot now to avoid queues: https://bit.ly/2LhQPMk

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
03/05/2019

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

#OnThisDay in 1851, The Great Exhibition opened its doors in Hyde Park. The Great Exhibition was organized by Henry Cole...
01/05/2019

#OnThisDay in 1851, The Great Exhibition opened its doors in Hyde Park.

The Great Exhibition was organized by Henry Cole and by Prince Albert, husband of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Queen Victoria. Famous people of the time attended, including Charles Darwin, Charlotte Brontë, and Lewis Carroll,

Six million people visited the Great Exhibition, and the event made a surplus of £186,000 (around £18,370,000 today) which helped found the Science Museum, as well as our friends the Natural History Museum, London, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

© Lithograph by T Picken after an original painting by Phillip Brannan, Science Museum / Science and Society Picture Library

80 years ago #onthisday, driverless cars were first envisioned at the New York World Fair as part of General Motors’ v...
30/04/2019

80 years ago #onthisday, driverless cars were first envisioned at the New York World Fair as part of General Motors’ vision of the ideal American city – Futurama, a utopia filled with automated highways.

Discover more about autonomous vehicles from land, sea and air at our upcoming free exhibition Driverless: Who is in Control?

Opening on 12 June 2019 http://bit.ly/2GU6ptn

© Norman Bell Geddes - Magic Motorways, published 1940

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from three telescopes #onthisday...
29/04/2019

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from three telescopes #onthisday in 2015.

High-energy X-rays from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) are shown in blue; low-energy X-rays from Japan's Hinode spacecraft are green; and extreme ultraviolet light from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is yellow and red.

With only a week left to visit our blockbuster exhibition, The Sun: Living With Our Star, come and discover the incredible story of our closest star and experience the Sun as you’ve never seen it before.

Book now: https://bit.ly/2vlwScu

© NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/JAXA

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