Zoom In – A closer look at science at the British Museum

As part of British Science Week 2017 the National Heritage Science Forum is again featuring blog posts from heritage scientists from across its member organisations. This year’s theme is ‘sharing heritage science’ and the blogs over the rest of the week will give an insight into the many different forms that heritage science can take, as well as some of the different ways of getting involved.

We start, today, with Peter Mc Elhinney’s summary of British Science Week events that will take place at the British Museum, including this afternoon’s Facebook Live event…

This week, the British Museum’s scientists come out from behind the scenes for a free event that offers visitors the chance to take a look at heritage science in the Museum. Visitors will get the chance to learn about the techniques that are used to monitor and care for the Museum’s collections, and see the latest behind-the-scenes technology in action.

  • Tune in NOW(!) for a Facebook Live event, to see some of the less portable analytical equipment demonstrated in action from within the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre. The session will offer a rare opportunity to gain a sense of the research capabilities of this new facility. The Museum’s Facebook followers can comment and ask questions during the live session, or view the recording later and leave comments or questions on the Museum’s Facebook page thereafter.
    To watch the broadcast or subscribe to the Museum’s exciting future live events, visit the British Museum’s Facebook page on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.
  • On Saturday 18th March, drop by the British Museum for ‘Zoom-In’, a day of hands-on sessions in the Great Court (10 am to 4 pm). Visitors will be able to handle the raw materials used to make museum objects. For more information, please visit the British Museum events page.

The events are aimed at younger, budding heritage scientists, but visitors of all ages and interests will enjoy meeting with the museum’s industry leading scientists and conservators, asking questions and learning about the fascinating research going on within the British Museum.

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Scientist Dan O’Flynn at work in the X-Radiography Suite. Dan will be demonstrating X-radiography and CT-scanning as part of the Facebook live event.
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Scientist Harriet White at work on the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) – she will be doing an SEM demonstration during today’s Facebook live event.


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