The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford has some great free upcoming lectures that will be of interest to us all, so if you can make it, don’t miss out!


Shakespeare’s World View: Stars, Globes and Magic

1 August – 31 December 2016

Join us on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death to explore Shakespeare’s knowledge of the natural world. Discover the influence of Elizabethan thinkers on Shakespeare’s works and let our collection transport you back in time though this self-led gallery trail.

Drop-in during Museum opening hours. Suitable for adults and children

Shakespeare’s World View – Curator-led tours

Wednesday 17 August, 1.30pm

Wednesday 21 September, 1.30pm

Take a curator-led tour to discover Shakespeare’s knowledge of the natural world and discover the influence of Elizabethan thinkers on Shakespeare’s works.

Evening Lectures

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Thursday 21 July, 7pm

The Museum is helping to develop board games about medieval Islamic medicine. Daniel Burt (Oriental Institute, Oxford University) presents this exciting new project.

Doors open at 6.30pm.

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Time for Shakespeare

Thursday 18 August, 7pm

Literally and figuratively, what was time for Shakespeare?

When the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet announces that the performance will last two hours, what does Shakespeare mean?

Professor Tiffany Stern (English, Oxford University) will explore hourglasses, sundials and mechanical clocks to consider the options for measuring time that were visible or audible in the early modern playhouse. Questioning what hours, minutes and seconds might have meant to a playwright in the 1500s and 1600s, Professor Stern examines how the art of describing time shaped Shakespeare’s writing.

Doors open at 6.30pm.

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Mercury Rising: Measuring Temperature Through Time               

Thursday 15 September, 7pm

Beginning 300 years ago and leading us right up to the present day, Professor Graham Machin (National Physical Laboratory) will explore the origin and development of temperature scales.

How is our international measuring system changing and what is the science of thermometry? Why did practical temperature scales, such as Celsius and Fahrenheit, develop in the 1700s? Illustrating his talk with thermometers, thermometry equipment and practical demonstrations, Professor Machin explains how measuring temperature has, and still is, changing over time.

Doors open at 6.30pm.

Free booking available at