Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford Saturday 4 September 2004
Following the outstanding success of ’10/10 Blue’, the Museum will be open once again from 10 am to 10 pm for talks, demonstrations, tours, trails, workshops, displays, storytelling, opera, poetry, film and music on the theme VENUS.
Admission to the Museum and to all events in the programme is free.
Talks: A series of short talks in the Basement Gallery. They begin every hour and half-hour from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 to 4.30 p.m. Subjects, speakers and times in the programme below.
Trails: Win a prize by completing one of two Venus trails. Ask for a form at the reception desk.
Music: Listen to ‘Evening Star’ by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp while viewing the astronomy displays in the Top Gallery.
Displays The current special exhibition, ‘The Most Noble Problem in Nature’, is on the Transit of Venus in the 18th century. A group of figures on loan from the Ashmolean is on display in the Entrance Gallery. There is also a display of books on the theme of Venus in the Basement Gallery.
Living history: The 18th-century instrument maker and scientific showman, Benjamin Martin, will explain the significance of the Transit of Venus and display his mechanical demonstration of the 1769 transit in the Special Exhibition Gallery at 11.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Tours: Guided tours of “The Most Noble Problem in Nature”: the Transit of Venus in the 18th Century led by the exhibition curator, Dr Stephen Johnston, at 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Oxford Scientific Films: Early footage on the Venus flytrap will be shown in the Education Room at 12.00 noon.
Workshops: There will be workshops in the Education Room on ‘Venus in Alchemy’ at 2.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Numbers are limited, so please book at the reception desk.
Storytelling: Fire Springs will present ‘Mythic Tales’ in the Top Gallery at 1.00 p.m.
Poetry: Poems with a Venus theme: readings by Mary Taylor in the Top Gallery from 5 p.m.
Opera: Oxford Touring Opera perform arias, duets and trios, from John Blow’s opera ‘Venus and Adonis’ and from other operas on the theme of love, beginning at 7.00 p.m. in the Top Gallery.
Film: Zsa Zsa Gabor becomes Queen of the planet of love when Venus, inhabited only by women, is visited by a spaceship crewed by earthmen. Don’t miss the 1958 cult B-movie classic ‘Queen of Outer Space’ (U) in the Basement Gallery at 8.30 p.m.
The Venus trail with prizes: ask for a form at the Reception Desk Evening Star by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp is playing throughout the day till 5 pm (except 1.00 to 1.30 p.m.) in the Top Gallery “The Most Noble Problem in Nature”: the Transit of Venus in the 18th Century in the Special Exhibition Gallery The Queen of Heaven: figurines from the Ashmolean, in the Entrance Gallery Venus in Print, images from the library, in the Basement Gallery
Talks in the Basement Gallery
11.00 Dr Jim Bennett, ‘Galileo and the phases of Venus’ 11.30 Dr Allan Chapman, ‘The Transit of Venus in 1639’ 12.00 Dr Stephen Johnston, ‘The Transit of Venus in 1769’ 12.30 Dr Colin Wilson, ‘Europe goes to Venus: the Venus Express mission’
2.00 Dr Bruno Currie, ‘Venus the goddess’ 2.30 Rachel Mellor, ‘The Queen of Heaven’ 3.00 Dr Barrie Juniper, ‘Dionaea muscipula: the Venus Fly Trap’ 3.30 Alice Foster, ‘Venus in art’ 4.00 Dr Jonathan Price, ‘I’m crazy about you: the psychiatry of love’
Other events throughout the day
11.00 Tour of the special exhibition, Dr Stephen Johnston 11.30 Living history in the special exhibition, Benjamin Martin 12.00 Oxford Scientific Films: Venus Flytrap, in the Education Room 1.00 Storytelling in the Top Gallery 2.00 Workshop in the Education Room, Christopher Parkin 2.30 Living history in the special exhibition, Benjamin Martin 3.30 Workshop in the Education Room, Christopher Parkin 4.00 Tour of the special exhibition, Dr Stephen Johnston 4.30 Living history in the special exhibition, Benjamin Martin 5.00 Poetry reading in the Top Gallery, Mary Taylor
Top Gallery, 7.00 to 8.30 Oxford Touring Opera: Arias, Duets and Trios, from John Blow’s opera ‘Venus and Adonis’, with items from other operas on the theme of love.
Basement Gallery, 8.30 to 10.00 Zsa Zsa Gabor stars in the 1958 film set on Venus, ‘Queen of Outer Space’.