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Lates

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Broadcast Lates: Wednesday 27 July 2022 

Join us for a special Lates this July to celebrate the last century of TV, radio and streaming. There’ll be fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops and much more to explore!

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights will be here for you to enjoy, including a pub quiz and the best silent disco in town.

Highlights

A New Age of Broadcasting: Pandemic Challenges

Join us in the IMAX Theatre for a fascinating discussion between journalists, broadcasters and scientists, on the challenges of covering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lasting impacts upon the broadcasting industry.

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Verifying the new

From Covid-19 to war in Ukraine how do journalists verify the news and avoid reporting dodgy statistics, propaganda and fake new? In a series of Q&As with Newsreader and Journalist Philippa Thomas meet Shayan Sardarizadeh, BBC Monitoring, Rachel Schraer, BBC Health, and Disinformation Reporter and Marianna Spring, BBC Disinformation Correspondent. 

Join us in the IMAX Theatre for a fascinating discussion between journalists, broadcasters and scientists, on the challenges of covering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lasting impacts upon the broadcasting industry.

Could you be a BBC weather forecaster?

Have a go at weather forecasting in front of that famous map and familiar graphics. It’s not as easy as it looks!

BBC Introducing

Hear the top, new DJ-ing talent from the capital, showcased by BBC Introducing which supports new and emerging musicians

How to make a podcast

Meet the experts from BBC Sounds gives handy tips for creating fresh and vibrant podcasts for new voices.

Future of broadcast tech

How will we watch and listen to content in the future? Test out the latest technology, including the Audio Orchestrator, with the team from BBC R&D.

BBC rewind: gems from the archive

Dip into over 30,000 archive clips, freshly digitised for the BBC’s centenary.

Here’s one I made earlier!

You’re never too old for a Blue Peter ‘make’. Grab some sticky back plastic, toilet rolls and a washing up liquid bottle and get creative!

BBC archive and memory

Join our curators on an undercover investigation around the Science Museum. The objective: reveal the broadcasting stories hidden in our galleries. Gather your evidence (you may even want to share it with the world, using #SMLates), and win an old-school prize in the form of your very own Blue Beaker Badge!

The broadcasts that made me

It’s time to get nostalgic! Come and create a collage representing a broadcast you’ve seen or heard that has stayed with you, using the weird and wonderful objects in our collections. It can be anything from a fond memory of kids TV to a ground-breaking documentary that inspired you to make a change.

BBC at 100

Can you imagine a world without TV, radio or podcasts? Come and see how the BBC has used broadcast technologies to deliver its mission to inform, educate and entertain its audiences over the last 100 years.

Regular Events

Silent Disco

Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. Entry £3 per person (card payments only)—tickets available in the Exploring Space gallery on the night.

Pub Quiz

Join us for a pub quiz and test your knowledge! Entry £2 per person (card payments only)—tickets available at the Diner.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world. With 50 mind-blowing marvels of science to enjoy, Wonderlab is an experience unlike any other. Special Lates price—only £5!

 

Food and drink

Energy Hall Bar, Level 0

Get the night started and be the first to try our range of cocktail, wine, beer and soft drinks.

Energy Café, Level 0

Head to the Energy Café for stone-baked pizzas, thai fragrant chicken curry, rainbow trout and greek salad.   

Making the Modern World Bar, Level 0 

Our hot dog pop-up serves all tastes, with a variety of topping options from bacon crumbs to rainbow slaw. Beers, wines, ciders and soft drinks also available. 

THE DINER, LEVEL 0

While taking part in the pub quiz, enjoy a wide range of drinks available throughout the night. 

Shake Bar, Level 3

Our famous milkshake bar gets enhanced at night with a range of alcoholic shakes. Beers, wines, and soft drinks.

Tickets

  • All Lates visitors will need to pre-book a free or VIP ticket in advance, to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit
  • General admission tickets are free and timeslots start from 18.45
  • VIP tickets are £10, with early entry timeslots starting from 18.30, and include a free drink as well as 15% off in the museum shop on the night

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