A History of the Future at the British Museum
This Saturday (and next Saturday), I'm helping run a workshop at the British Museum for kids aged 9+ where they'll come up with watches, clocks, and timepieces of the future.
We'll be looking at clocks from the British Museum's collection as well as from science fiction and fantasy clocks (think of the Harry Potter clock that tells you whether you're family's in danger/sleeping/working/etc, or the Martian timeslip), and the kids will turn their inventions into drawings and 3D objects that'll be added to an augmented reality gallery within the British Museum itself.
You can get more info from http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/samsung_events/a_history_of_the_future.aspx about how to sign up (it's free!)
It's a really exciting workshop and we're hoping to run it a few times over the next few months. It goes without saying that this wouldn't be happening if it weren't for your support, so please give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back for helping kids learn about the past, the future, and the present!
I'm hoping to post a writeup of how it went here afterwards, along with maybe a video of the day. And of course, I will be posting more objects as well (I'm halfway through one about cloned meat, in fact, and I had an interesting idea about oaths based on a recent episode of Radio 4's In Our Time)...
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