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Director's Christmas message

Missions, meeting points & curious connections
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe that we are finding ourselves in December already – where did the year go?!
The challenges posed by Covid-19 continued, of course, but so did the opportunities and the thrill of excitement offered by trialling innovative approaches across all our activities.
On a mission
The year got off to an exciting start with the launch of our new Vision and Mission, a crucial part of Vision 2024, the transformative strategy for our centenary.
The work with our architects Purcell continued apace, with the hugely satisfying achievement of reaching a major milestone in the development of our capital project in late summer. We are very actively seeking funding for the next stages of the development and I am looking forward to sharing progress in future Newsletters.
Multaka: a new meeting point
Talking about funding, we were thrilled to announce the successful collaboration with Alwaleed Philanthropies on the continuation of the multi-award winning Multaka-Oxford project that we are jointly running with the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Of all the projects I have been involved with in my career, Multaka undoubtledly ranks amongst those that I am most proud of, and I can’t wait for this new phase to start.
2021 Highlights
And so much else happened for which there is far too little space here (no surprise the months flew by!):
are just three examples.
Curiosity Calendar
A propos Collections Online, I can’t imagine a more fun way to explore this project than our Curiosity Calendar – one door each day all the way to Christmas and no increase in waistline, promise ☺!
None of this would have been possible without our fantastic audiences, our wonderful supporters – and the incredible team that I have the privilege to lead.
With best wishes for a peaceful and relaxing festive season and a happy and healthy 2022,

Dr Silke Ackermann FSA
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A day in the life

At the History of Science Museum, we're all about exploring the stories and ideas that connect our human experience across time and space. 
Join us for a day in the life of the History of Science Museum

Calling all photo & digital artists

Reimagine the birth of broadcasting

Are you a photographer or digital artist who can take a fresh look at a groundbreaking collection to bring its world-changing stories to life?

We've put out an open call for a digital creative to respond to our Marconi Collection.
Driven by pioneering Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, radio-transmission technology exploded during the 20th century to become a global form of broadcasting.

And it changed forever the way humans connect and communicate.
We're looking for a creative partner to bring an imaginative visual approach to capturing images of the collection, telling their human and scientific story in a digital or online space.

The commission brief has everything you need to know to create your proposal.

Deadline to email us your proposal: 10 December 2021
Download the commission brief

Curiosity Calendar

If you could choose a Museum treasure to find wrapped up in your Christmas stocking, what would it be?

We couldn't narrow it down to just one, so we decided to share some of our favourite objects in our first festive Curiosity Calendar.

We've found 25 festive-themed stories, so join us and open a daily door to some beautifully curious connections ...

Open your first door ...

Multaka is back!

In case you missed our announcement last month, our innovative Multaka-Oxford initiative is back, thanks to a generous gift from Alwaleed Philanthropies.

Multaka is all about working in partnership with local communities, learning and sharing together stories of art, culture, and science to deepen our mutual understanding.

So watch out for more from the Multaka team in the 2022.

Explore the Multaka story

Zoom in on Photography

"I want to carry on doing Zoom photography because I can access people who normally wouldn’t be able to get their story out there."

Portrait artist Fran Monks sat down with our own Izzy Treyvaud for a chat about her journey to being a portrait artist, the decision to tell the lockdown stories of vaccine trial participants over Zoom, and her mission to celebrate the undercelebrated.

Relax with a 10-minute read
Mathilde Daussy-Renaudin from the History of Science Museum team working with visitors in our Top Gallery to discover how they experience our objects and stories

Share your views

Have you ever visited a museum display that's left you with more questions than answers? Or just curious to know more?

Our colleague Mathilde Daussy-Renaudin is working with visitors to understand how you experience the objects and stories in our Top Gallery. 

So if you're visiting us and spot the notices saying Mathilde is in the gallery, do drop by and have a chat. She'd love to hear your thoughts.

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What's on in Oxford

From thrilling encounters with Japanese art and Christmas Wreath making to Drag Queen Story Corner and Meating the Future ... there's plenty to relax and enjoy around Oxford over the Festive season.
Tokyo from Utsurundesu series, since 2018, by Ninagawa Mika (b. 1972). Models: AMIAYA © Ninagawa Mika, courtesy the artist and Tomio Koyama Gallery
Tokyo: Art and Photography

Celebrate one of the world's most creative, dynamic, and thrilling cities, exploring the vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years.

"A thrilling encounter with one of the world’s great art capitals."
The Guardian

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Meat the Future

90% of humans on the planet eat meat — and consumption is rising every day.

Discover cutting-edge research on how eating meat affects our health 
— and the environment. 

And choose from a compelling variety of possible futures.
Take a look
Beyond the Binary
Monthly Creativity & Drag Queen Story Corner

Don't miss Asifa Lahore, Britain's first out Muslim drag queen, as she reads heart-warming stories celebrating diverse lives and families.

There's a cosy family book corner and a drawing station.

All families are welcome and celebrated.
Find out more
Winter is coming ...
From Christmas wreaths to Snowdrop walks, there's so much going on at the Garden and Arboretum.

So if you want to get outside and identify trees, lay a hedge, or learn about sustainable staking, there's an event for you this winter.
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