Many brilliant women mathematicians and engineers helped make the NASA Apollo Programme of 1963-72 possible, as integral members of the team that sent astronauts to the moon. Yet many of their stories are only now being uncovered as new, inclusive histories are written. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Margaret Hamilton andRead More →

Jimi Hendrix, The Who, the Rolling Stones and many more music legends performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. Over 600,000 fans came from all over the world to a farm location in West Wight. It is still regarded as the world’s largest ever music gathering. Since then,Read More →

Living in Antarctica is an extreme experience. How do you survive the utter cold and feeling of complete isolation from the rest of the world? Max Robertson is intrigued by this question, and in this story explores what everyday life is like on this icy continent; briefly comparing the experiencesRead More →

Today is Antarctica Day 2019! Sixty years ago, on 1st December 1959, the Antarctica Treaty was signed to protect this vast continent’s environment and to promote international scientific cooperation. Fifty-four countries are signatories to the Treaty, including Chile, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom. During December we will markRead More →

One hundred years ago, shortly after the end of World War I, Royal Flying Corp Airman Joseph William Bowler made a visit to sites of ancient Egypt while stationed there. In February 2019, he took a No 3 Autographic Kodak camera and travelled by train, donkey and boat from CairoRead More →

We seldom get the opportunity to hear women’s voices in these stories about nineteenth century archaeology and science. Nelly Lubbock, John’s first wife, provides a rare glimpse into her travels with him in an article she wrote about their Scandinavian trip in 1863. This final story in September is basedRead More →

John Lubbock shared a love for prehistoric archaeology with many colleagues across Europe, in the days before photography and the internet. Visiting archaeological sites discovered, talking with those excavating them, and collecting samples of finds, was an important way of sharing information and ideas. John was also a natural scientistRead More →