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Science Museum

The Knowledge series continues as we celebrate our Illuminating India season by asking some of the leading experts on Indian science, innovation and technology to share their wisdom with an intimate audience.

Beginning with an exclusive, private, out-of-hours tour of our brand new Illuminating India exhibition, 5000 years of Science and Innovation, guided by lead curator Matt Kimberley, the event centres on three conversations in our newly refurbished Lecture Theatre that focus on various aspects of Indian science. The first discussions to be confirmed are:

In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room
Q&A with Dr Aarathi Prasad, author of In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine. Dr Prasad is a biologist, writer and presenter, has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel, and has written for publications including The Guardian, Telegraph and Wired.

The Great Arc: Measuring Mountains and Mapping India
Q&A with John Keay, author of the acclaimed The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named. Keay is one of Britain’s leading historians of British India and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Big Science in Twentieth Century India
Q&A with Jahnavi Phalkey, historian of contemporary and twentieth century science and technology at the India Institute, King’s College London, and author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India. Dr Phalkey was recently announced as the founding Director of the Science Gallery Bengalaru opening in 2018.

After the three conversations, our guest speakers will come together for an informal on-stage panel conversation hosted by Matt Kimberley, in which the audience will be invited to ask their own questions and pick the brains of the experts.

  • Admission includes lunch, refreshments on arrival, tea and coffee.
  • Please note that places are limited to 120 and demand is expected to be high.

The Knowledge

The Knowledge is a series of events that let you spend a day with the experts at workshops, talks and tours. As well as having fun, you'll take away in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of the fascinating science behind the subjects in the Museum's current exhibitions.