Science Museum announces two exhibitions supported by Google

16/12/2011

The Science Museum in London and Google today announced details of two exhibitions opening at the Science Museum, following the award of a gift from Google.  

Google and the Science Museum share a passion for the UK’s computing heritage, and an enthusiasm for firing the imagination of young minds. The two new exhibitions will immerse visitors in the human stories of scientific and technological innovation.

A special exhibition celebrating the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, opens in June 2012. This biographical exhibition explores Turing’s inspirational story and examines his profound influence on the fields of code-breaking, computing, mathematics, artificial intelligence and biology. The life and legacy of Alan Turing will be told using objects (including some which have never been on public display), archival material, interactive exhibits, photographs and quotations.

The second is a new permanent exhibition which opens in Summer 2014. Situated at the heart of the Museum, Making Modern Communications explores the history of information and communication technologies. It will tell powerful stories about how these technologies have shaped our world over the last 200 years, showcasing never seen before objects and the most advanced multimedia and interpretive techniques.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said: “These projects have forged a fruitful partnership between the museum, which turns complex scientific information into inspiring experiences, and a company that's at the heart of the global information revolution. Through this donation, both of us hope to inspire young people to follow paths into the science, technology and engineering that are transforming modern culture. “

Peter Barron, Director of External Relations at Google added; "The work of the Science Museum plays such an important role in educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are delighted to be able to support these new exhibitions which will help explain both the birth of modern computing and how that revolution touches all our lives today."

The gift from Google forms part of a multi-million dollar programme supporting science museums internationally, announced in April 2011 - http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/supporting-our-beloved-science-museums.html

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0207 942 4352 or email andrea.dearden@sciencemuseum.org.uk

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