Radstock Museum runs two series of TALKS.

Bygone Days talks celebrate both local and national history. These talks are often held at The Somer Centre in Midsomer Norton but please check the details carefully for each talk below.

Science in Radstock talks are ‘popular science’ talks; an eclectic mixture of current science disciplines and past, present and future technologies. These talks are usually held in Radstock, at the Radstock Working Men’s Club, but please check the details carefully for each talk below.


SCIENCE IN RADSTOCK TALK

Tuesday September 17th.

Watt’s The Fuss?

Modern civilisation depends utterly on using the huge amounts of energy stored in fossil fuels used to power the heat engines that generate our electricity, pump our water and grow and carry our food to our huge cities.  All of these heat engines owe their existence to James Watt, a timid Scots instrument maker who died just 200 years ago this year. Watt is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most important figures of all time in World History but few people know anything about his life and work.

Richard Ellam, a locally based designer and historian, will be taking a close look at James Watt’s career and achievements when he presents his latest talk ‘Watt’s The Fuss?” which opens the autumn 2019 season of Science in Radstock.

Richard will focus on Watt’s work as an inventor and will look at the challenges that Watt faced in taking his radical redesign of the steam engine from pipe-dream to reality. The talk will also look at Watt’s legacy, for good or ill, and will consider what lessons Watt’s story can teach twenty-first century engineers and designers grappling with the urgent challenges of the Climate Emergency, an unintended consequence of James Watt’s literally earth-changing inventions.

Radstock Working Men’s Club:  7:30pm: Admission £3. Under 18 years FREE.


BYGONE DAYS TALK  

Wednesday October 2nd.

For this month only the Bygone Days talk will be held at Killen’s Mendip Auction Rooms on a Wednesday.

‘Antiques & Auctioneering’

Killens Auctioneers, Radstock Museum community partners, are presenting a talk on antiques and auctioneering.  They are also generously supplying drinks and nibbles.

Admission £4.  Talk starts at 7.30pm. At Killen’s Mendip Auction Rooms.


SCIENCE IN RADSTOCK TALK

Tuesday October 15th.

‘A diverse career and deep sea microbes will save our Planet’ by Craig Shaw, Founder of Advetec.

https://www.advetec.net/

Radstock Working Men’s Club:  7:30pm: Admission £3. Under 18 years FREE.


BYGONE DAYS TALK 

Tuesday November 5th.

‘Rescue Ships of the Titanic.’

At The Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton. 7.30pm. Admission £4


SCIENCE IN RADSTOCK TALK

Tuesday November 19th.

 ‘The Mystery and Misconception of Tides’ by Ian Brown

Radstock Working Men’s Club:  7:30pm: Admission £3. Under 18 years FREE.


There are several ways to keep in touch with the Museum talks programmes.

You can sign up for the monthly Museum Newsletter, which is distributed by email, and includes details of Events, Talks, Exhibitions, Children’s activities and other snippets of News.

Please use the button below:

You can access our Newsletter archive by clicking HERE

You can also ask to be on the reminder email list for each of the talk series – see below.


The BYGONE DAYS TALKS are organised by Museum Volunteers, in support of the Museum.  Details will be posted here or you can ask to be placed onto the Bygone Days emailing list by sending an email request to bygonedays@radstockmuseum.co.uk


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The SCIENCE in RADSTOCK TALKS are organised by Museum Volunteers, in support of the Museum.  Details will be posted here or you can ask to be placed onto the Science in Radstock emailing list by sending an email request to sinrteam@gmail.com


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