Museums can be daunting, sometimes unwelcoming. Their sheer size, volume of information and potentially even the way they portray information may actually leave people feeling locked out. Museums are not everyone’s cup of tea.
Down a side street in Bath is a terraced house, which looks pretty plain and much like the other houses in its row. But it’s a bit more special because it was in this house that William Herschel and his sister lived and in 1781 from the garden of this house, he discovered the planet Uranus.
*Broad sweeping statement* . . . Robots creep me out a little bit. I find mechanisms fascinating, but there is something about the desire to make a machine look human that I find quite bizarre. So I headed off to face my fear (or at least try to understand why there seems to be a desire for humanoid machines) at the Science Museums blockbuster ‘Robots’ exhibition, which sets out to tell a 500-year story of mechanical humans and our desire to re-create ourselves as machines.
Imagine being able to visit the birthplace of the modern public museum. Well you don’t really have to imagine it, because you can make that very pilgrimage with a trip to the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. This is the oldest surviving purpose built public museum, which opened its doors to the public in 1683 displaying the collection of Elias Ashmole. Continue reading “Museum of the History of Science, Oxford”