I haven’t written here for a while, but surprisingly when I came over here to write about science and art, I found that the last blog post was about that same topic! This time however it deals with a lecture, not a course.
Twice a week during term time, a member of staff of UCL gives a lunch hour lecture about some topic or other. For the last few of this year, the lecture series went on tour to the British Museum. Appropriately enough, one of these lectures dealt with ‘science and art’, particularly that relating to the investigation of pigments in art and archaeology.
I won’t say much about the lecture as I wrote about the event for the UCL events blog (which is what the Cheltenham Science Festival blog I had written for evolved into). However, I think that sending the lecture series ‘on tour’ was a great idea as it attracted people who were just on a regular visit at the museum and who would not have attended the lecture otherwise (while people who would travel to UCL can just as easily travel down the road to the British Museum).
Following the lecture I also took the opportunity to pop in to the Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World exhibition. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t looked it up previously. I was particularly impressed, however, with the effort of the Afghan people to safeguard their cultural heritage. I think that even if the exhibition just highlighted that fact to me, as I didn’t have much time, it was definitely worth it!