On 20 October 1868, Norman Lockyer discovered helium. Associate Curator of Chemistry Rupert Cole tells the story.
Rupert Cole is Associate Curator of Chemistry at the Science Museum, working in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry
Hazardous chemicals and potential explosions were all once part of the joy of owning a home chemistry set. Associate Curator, Rupert Cole, explores the history of the ever-popular children’s toy.
You might be heading down to the seaside this bank holiday weekend but how did the seaside become such a popular holiday destination? Associate Curator, Rupert Cole, puts this down to chemistry.
On 28 July 1907 an American chemist and inventor whose name would become synonymous with plastic food containers was born.
Ahead of our upcoming exhibition The Sun: Living With Our Star, associate curator Rupert Cole explores the history and science of suncream.
Associate Curator of Chemistry Rupert Cole investigates the chemistry and history behind 3 essential World Cup objects: the trophy, the ball and the kit.
Ahead of the final week of the Wounded exhibition, Associate Curator of Chemistry Rupert Cole looks at poison gas in the First World War.
Assistant curator, Rupert Cole, explores the life and work of celebrated crystallographer, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin.
On this day in 1938 a young DuPont research chemist accidentally discovered a slippery, white substance that would become a 20th-century wonder material: Teflon. Assistant Curator Rupert Cole explores its history.
Assistant Curator Rupert Cole takes the controls and explores the comprehensive world of SimEarth.
On this day in 1889 the Modernist painter Edward Wadsworth was born. Assistant Curator Rupert Cole explores an interaction Wadsworth had with Science Museum objects in the 1930s.
Assistant Curator Rupert Cole looks into the remarkable life of astronomer, engineer and photographer Mary Rosse.