News: Kew Temperate House re-opens

News: Kew Temperate House re-opens

Kew Gardens is to reopen its Temperate House – the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse – after a five-year restoration. BBC News story Sometimes in this business, it takes a long time to see the fruits of our labour! Read more from back in 2012 when...
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...
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...
Observatory interactives get a facelift

Observatory interactives get a facelift

Summer in Scotland isn’t a great time for getting a good view of the night sky… with less than seven hours of darkness, and much of that twilight. This summer, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre have put the slightly quieter time over the...