A personal tribute to Prof Stephen Hawking

A personal tribute to Prof Stephen Hawking

I first read A Brief History of time by prof Stephen Hawking in 1995 during my BSc in applied maths and theoretical physics. I really enjoyed the book at that time (realistically it’s probably pitched at about undergraduate level). I was excited by the...
Exploring electricity at Cragside

Exploring electricity at Cragside

Before 2017, I was only dimly aware of Cragside House and Estate. I had driven past about five years ago on a holiday in Northumberland, googled the site, and made a mental note to visit next time. If I’d had any idea what lay beyond the NT ticket booth that day...
A Healthy Future for Thackray Medical Museum

A Healthy Future for Thackray Medical Museum

Breaking News: It’s great to be able to share today that Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds has been awarded £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. I became involved in this project earlier this year and for a short time worked with the team quite intensively to...
Interactive exhibits: innovate or evolve?

Interactive exhibits: innovate or evolve?

This blog post is an attempt to round up the discussion at a session I chaired at the BIG Event in July*.  BIG is a skills-sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. It’s been...
MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement – Five years on

MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement – Five years on

As summer begins, another cohort has passed through the taught modules of the University of Edinburgh MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement and onto the dissertation stage to complete their degrees. This is starting to feel like an established routine at...
Review: Maths Gallery at the Science Museum

Review: Maths Gallery at the Science Museum

Last month I was in London for the Visitor Studies Group annual conference, close to the first anniversary of the death of architect Zaha Hadid in March 2016. It seemed fitting tribute to visit the maths gallery at the Science Museum, or to give it it’s rather...