23 Nov 2019
Tick tock! The countdown to our Clocks and Time Science Saturday is on!
All activities are free.
Limited numbers and age guidance may apply.
Meet our curators to discover how many of our objects and specimens are linked to time.
Hear from Darren Cox- clock expert and ‘Repair Man’. Darren looks after some of the museum’s own clocks to keep them in good working order.
Sundials and telescopes
Make your own sundial or constellation telescope in our drop-in family workshops.
Look back in time with two Planetarium shows:
- Two Small Pieces of Glass tells the history of telescopes from Galileo to now – and shows how you are looking back in time when you look at the night sky.
- Follow the story of Artemis the Moon Goddess and Orion the Hunter to discover how Greeks and Romans used the constellations to tell the time and the changing of the sessions.
Planetarium shows from 12:00 - 15:30, bookable on the day.
Our Science Saturday also features a special exhibition tour and an In Conversation
The Luxury of Time: guided tour
10:30 - 11:15, free, age 14+.
Dr John C Taylor OBE leads a tour of The Luxury of time - a display of 17th-century clocks and timepieces from Dr Taylor’s personal collection. An opportunity to gain an insight into Dr Taylor’s fascination with clocks and clockmaking technologies.
In Conversation: A passion for invention
14:30 -15:30, free, age 14+.
What inspires a new invention? How do scientists, engineers or designers take an initial idea to a finished product? Does the process of invention ever end? Dr Louise Horsfall, Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh and Dr John C Taylor, one of Britain’s most prolific and successful inventors come together to explore the creativity, problem solving and sheer hard work that goes into the development of any new technology. Chaired by Dr Alison Morrison Low President of the Royal Scottish Society for the Arts (RSSA).
We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit.
- There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.
- Lifts are available to all floors.
- Accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
- There is also an induction loop in the Auditorium.
- Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.
Find out more about our access information.
If you have any access requirements, please contact email@example.com
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Header image: Silver and gilt oval watch by David Ramsay, London c.1620. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.