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Lates: The Age of Churchill

Wednesday 29 July

Join us as we step back into the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

For 18s and over

This month we’ll be stepping back into the 1930s, 40s and 50s as we focus on the themes of our Churchill’s Scientists exhibition.

We’ll be exploring the stories and characters relating to British science during and immediately after the Second World War.

Calling all fancy dressers - come along in your onsie or 40s/50s clothing - fancy dress is optional

This night includes live music and dancing from the period and interactive workshops. Plus all the regular highlights of live music, Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

The Science Museum’s Lates is a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change – see what we have planned for the coming months.

Please be aware that Lates is incredibly popular, which means you may have to queue before a timed event. We suggest you arrive early to ensure you have the best possible chance of getting in.


Sir Winston Churchill, politician, writer, artist and trend setter
From tailoring his bespoke shirts to creating the famous polka dot bow tie and siren suit, Turnbull & Asser and Sir Winston Churchill’s past have been inextricably linked. Join Dean Gomilsek-Cole, Head of Design at Turnbull & Asser, as he takes a look at Churchill via his wardrobe.

When the going gets tough
Experience the minor details of living in the war time - what did the food taste like, how to be resourceful with food and clothes, what would you look like back then and more...

Vanished city: London and the Blitz
London is constantly on the move, but layers of destruction and rebuilding lie under the city. Change is usually gradual, but during the Blitz entire neighbourhoods disappeared for ever. After the war, redevelopment changed London. Tom Bolton searches for lost places and their traces in modern London.

Also on this month:

Think – Talks and object-related events

Sir Winston Churchill, politician, writer, artist and trend setter
Sounds from space
Gallery tour of Churchill's Scientists
Churchill: The man behind the statesman
How Nelson became the Cat 'Prime Minister'
Churchill and the Islamic World: Frontier polo and Arabian nights
The treasures of Winston Churchill
Into the furnace...
Vanished City: London and the Blitz

Experience – Themed shows and demonstrations

The Reboppers
Turing piece
When the going gets tough

Museum Experience – Shows and demonstrations run by the museum

Ministry of food – Taste the food from the days of rations
Spitfire pilot – Join our actor as they tell all
Game on! – Try out the games of yester-year
Alexander Fleming – Join our actor as they tell all
Hidden gems – rarely seen museum objects on show
Sir Bernard Lovell – Join our actor as they tell all
Flash Bang Wallop – The science of explosions
Rosalind Franklin – Join our actor as they tell all

Create – Hands-on creative workshops 

Dig for victory – Plant food to feed your family
Make do and mend
Picture this – Selfies with a retro twist
Evacuation Station – What would you save?
Swing theory – Learn to dance 1950's style
All for one and onesie for all – make your own onsie
Screen grab – screen printing
Pinhole viewer – make your own eclipse viewer

Regular events

  • Silent Disco – Grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.
  • Punk Science the Gameshow – Tickets are limited and cost £5 per person, available from any ticket desk. Pre-book to gain VIP entry to the museum.
  • Red mill engine demonstration  
  • Fly our simulators - Red Arrows and Fly 360° both discounted rates for Lates 
  • Revelations: Experiments in Photography – half price for Lates
  • The Kraszna-Krausz and First Book Awards 2015 – Our newest exhibition
  • Can touch this – Volunteer-led object handling
  • Talkaoke – Discuss the latest science topics whilst sitting at our cool doughnut table

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Admission free although some events may require a ticket


Lates: A night of free adults-only entertainment at the Science Museum.