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November 2016

Farr’s English Life Table, 1864. © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

When are you going to die? This isn’t a question any of us know the answer to. But it’s one that has preoccupied politicians, philosophers, scientists and engineers for centuries. A week ago the Science Museum hosted a special TEDxLondon event on ‘the end of ageing’. Guest-curated by high-altitude physician and entrepreneur Dr Jack Kriendler, speakers tackled issues of life, death and ageing from a myriad of perspectives: biology, moral philosophy, science fiction, art and digital technology. The discussion challenged […]

My name is Edward Cecil and I recently won the First News Takeover Challenge competition at the Science Museum. To enter, I had to send in a video saying why I wanted the job and I said that I wanted the chance to teach other children and adults about science, and to inspire people to get involved with science. The winner of the competition won the role of an Explainer in the Science Museum for a day – that person […]

Dr Howard Coutts, Curator of Decorative Arts at The Bowes Museum, shares the incredible story of the Silver Swan, which will star in the Science Museum’s 2017 Robots exhibition.

In the first episode of The Crown, a new Netflix drama series looking at the life of HM Queen Elizabeth II, showed the George VI’s lung operation carried out by surgeon Sir Clement Price Thomas (1893-1973) on a Sunday morning, 23 September 1951. The news made headlines all over the world. For The Crown, a group of practicing surgeons and theatre staff from Guys and St Thomas’ Trust came together to re-enact the operation in what is thought to be a […]