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Science Museum opens lecture theatre designed by Dow Jones Architects

The Science Museum today opens the revamped and newly-named Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre, designed by award-winning practice Dow Jones Architects.

Dow Jones Architects were selected for the high quality of their elegant and innovative designs which highlight the original architecture of the space and integrate the lighting into the material and spatial design of the project.

The design provides the museum with a beautiful and functional space in which it will programme lectures, family shows, and a new series of adult events and workshops called The Knowledge. The public programme in the Lecture Theatre will run from Saturday 27 May 2017.

The inaugural lecture of the Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre, entitled The World in 2050 and Beyond, will be delivered by Astronomer Royal and Science Museum Fellow Lord Martin Rees for an invited audience in June.

The revitalisation of the museum’s lecture theatre space has been made possible by a generous donation from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust and is dedicated to Hans Kristian Rausing’s father, Professor Hans Rausing, in celebration of his 90th birthday.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a new interpretation of Foucault’s pendulum at the entrance to the lecture theatre by Will Yates-Johnson. Yates-Johnson, a multidisciplinary artist and designer, has previously designed and created the exhibit Reflections for the Science Museum’s interactive space Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery with muf architecture/art.

Karen Livingstone, Science Museum Group Director of Masterplan and Estates, said:

“Dow Jones Architects’ redevelopment of the Science Museum’s Lecture Theatre beautifully fulfils the brief by providing our visitors with a comfortable and modern environment in which to enjoy our events, as well as elegantly highlighting the original architecture of the space."

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About the Science Museum

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. More information can be found at

About Dow Jones Architects

Dow Jones Architects is an award-winning RIBA Chartered practice based in London, with a reputation for producing well-crafted, conceptually clear architecture. Since formation in 2000, they have designed a celebrated and wide-ranging body of work. Clients come from the private, public, and commercial sectors, including the GLA, Design for London and Tate Britain. They have made work in sensitive sites in both the country and the city, including work to listed buildings, in Conservation Areas, and in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About Discover South Kensington

Discover South Kensington brings together the Science Museum and other leading cultural and educational organisations to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is the home of science, arts and inspiration. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day.