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MHS newsletter - October 2015


Dear Harry exhibition extended
We are delighted to announce that our current special exhibition, Dear Harry, has been extended to 31 January 2016. The longer run reflects the success of the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported exhibition so far and also allows the show to cover the anniversary of the final withdrawal of Allied troops from Gallipoli early in January 1916.

Remembering the Great War
As part of the Dear Harry exhibition programme we invited visitors to bring their own WW1-related objects to the Museum for a reminiscence and digitisation session. We scanned and photographed objects, recorded the stories of loved ones and family members associated with them, and preserved the material for future generations.

Experts were on-hand to offer visitors new information about their possessions, and offered new perspectives on the war. The information gained during the event will be placed on Europeana 1914-1918 for anyone to access. 

Big Draw launches in Oxford
Oxford played host to the launch of the international Big Draw festival on 19 September when we teamed up with the Bodleian Library and other cultural venues across the city for a day of drawing and artistic creation.

Our theme was 'capturing the invisible', inspired by Henry Moseley's work on the X-ray spectra of elements in the early 20th century. Read more about the day and Moseley on the Inside MHS Oxford blog.
'Dear Harry...' - Henry Moseley: A Scientist Lost to War
Now extended until 31 January 2016
In the years immediately before World War I,  Henry Moseley's work provided a new foundation for the Periodic Table. Yet his life and career were cut short when he was killed in 1915, in action at Gallipoli, Turkey. This HLF-funded exhibition tells the moving story of the life and legacy of Henry ‘Harry’ Moseley.
Sacrifice of a Genius
Tuesday 6 October, 7-8.30pm
Professor Derek Stacey, Department of Physics, and Dr Elizabeth Bruton discuss Harry Moseley’s life as a scientist and solider, looking at the legacy of his death in Gallipoli to both his family and the international scientific community. Admission is free - book a place.
Harry Moseley: "...meteor of a summer night..."
Thursday 8 October, 7-8.30pm
Poetry group Oxford Stanza Two and local sixth form students present new work inspired by our Dear Harry exhibition. Doors open at 6.30pm. Admission is free - book a place.
World War One: Local Connections, Global Conflict
Saturday 10 October, 10am-4pm
Are you interested in learning more about the World War One, from Oxfordshire connections to the international Gallipoli campaign and beyond? Join us for a packed adult workshop. Info and booking here. £15 (lunch included).
Too Valuable to Die?
Tuesday 13 October, 7-9pm
A panel debate on the ethics of scientists going to war, in response to the life and legacy of Henry Moseley. Speakers include Silke Ackermann (Director, Museum of the History of Science), Liz Bruton (Co-curator, Dear Harry) and Nigel Biggar (Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford).
Saturday 3 October, 2-4pm
Explore the museum’s collection of globes and make your own pocket globe. Suitable for ages 9-13. Drop-in. Materials £2.
Shifting Shapes and Shadows
Thursday 29 October, 1-4pm
Make 3D structures inspired by objects from the Museum and contribute to a magical animated montage of shadow drawings. Drop-in suitable for all.
Highlights tours
Every Thursday 2.30pm, 3.15pm
Every Saturday 12.30pm, 1.15pm

Join our team of exceptional volunteer guides to find out more about the stories behind the objects and the history of our very special building. The guided tours are free, but donations are welcome.
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A full calendar of events is available online at: To book for workshops please call 01865 277280 or email

The Museum of the History of Science is an Oxford University Museum. Find out about events at other University Museums: 
Ashmolean Museum / Oxford University Museum of Natural History / Pitt Rivers Museum 
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