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On the last Wednesday of every month, the Science Museum hosts an adults-only, after-hours themed night.
Tonight (27 March) it will showcase and explore the work of UNESCO, from the UK-based experts who help to preserve historic sites such as Stonehenge and the ancient sculptures of Katmandu to the climate scientists using autonomous submarines to map changes in the Antarctic ocean.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the United Nations body responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. Its aim is to ensure that everyone has access to quality education, may grow and live in an environment rich in diversity and dialogue, can fully benefit from scientific advances and can enjoy full freedom of expression.
From Stonehenge to space
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Here are some of the event’s highlights.
PUTTING THE ‘S’ IN UNESCO
Learn more about the ‘Science’ in UNESCO. Discover the extraordinary organisation behind CERN and the Tsunami Warning System, and how UNESCO promotes science as key for global peace and sustainability.
Stonehenge is one of the most studied archaeological monuments in Britain. Find out the results of the largest survey ever carried out on the World Heritage site and discover its fascinating history.
SOLVING GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Meet the scientists confronting some of the biggest global challenges as they demonstrate pioneering solutions to issues including climate change, environmental devastation and access to clean water.
PRESERVING KATMANDU’S HERITAGE
Katmandu’s sculptures and inscriptions are one of Asia’s wonders, but theft and earthquake destruction have caused many to be lost. Learn how Photogrammetry is being used to record surviving pieces and print 3D replicas.
EXPLORING OUR OCEANS
Come and see how UK marine robots, including the Autosub Long Range fleet which includes ‘Boaty McBoatface’, are contributing to our understanding of oceans by mapping the deep-sea floor and measuring the impacts of climate change.
This Virtual Reality experience will take you 4,300 years back in time to explore Avebury World Heritage Site and the largest known Neolithic stone circle in the world.
Early warning systems for floods and droughts are crucial for communities across the world. Discover how tiny laser-based sensors on rivers and water wells can provide this information and save lives.
GREENWICH PARK REVEALED
Discover the work of The Royal Parks charity and its latest project, Greenwich Park Revealed, as it seeks to protect and enhance Greenwich Park’s heritage and natural landscape. The project poses a unique challenge as the park dates from the 17th century, is home to a 600-year-old deer park and welcomes five million visitors a year.
DISCOVERING THE TREASURES OF CORNWALL
Join geologists as they time-travel to the Cornish mines. Find out about the treasures this amazing landscape holds, how these are essential to our everyday lives and how we mine them today.
MICROSCOPIC MARVELS AND MAGNIFICENT MONUMENTS
Meet Historic England’s scientists and discover how they investigate England’s World Heritage Sites. From diving into an ancient shipwreck to discovering the origins of objects through laser scanning.
CONSERVING GREENWICH’S PAINTED HALL
Will Palin, conservation director at the Royal Naval College, will reveal the secrets of a painstaking project to conserve a 4,000m2 baroque painting while allowing the public unprecedented access to a unique piece of history.
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.
THE SUN: LIVING WITH OUR STAR
Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts and stunning imagery shed fresh light on humanity’s relationship with our closest star in our blockbuster exhibition. Visitors can bask in sunlight on our indoor beach, virtually try on a range of historic sunglasses in a digital mirror and see the Sun rise in different seasons and locations around the world on a huge illuminated wall display. 50% off the usual ticket price.
THE LAST TSAR: BLOOD AND REVOLUTION
Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and go behind the scenes to uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century in this popular exhibition.
SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE
Embark on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. With Tim Peake as your guide, retrace the 400km high-speed journey back to Earth from the International Space Station. 35% off the usual ticket price.