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Women in Science Tour

Join one of our volunteer-led tours to discover incredible stories of women scientists.

Colour poster issued by the USSR to celebrate the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova
Soviet poster featuring cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, 1963.

From well-known scientists to previously unrecognised female figures, discover how extraordinary women have defied the odds and changed the face of scientific exploration and innovation.

Hear the pioneering stories of scientists including:

  • Caroline Herschel, the first professional woman astronomer and discoverer of several comets
  • Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, an 11,000-mile journey
  • Dorothy Hodgkin, x-ray crystallographer and one of the outstanding scientists of the 20th century
  • Rosalind Franklin, who discovered the double helix structure of DNA
  • Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonaut, engineer and the first woman to fly in space

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