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Melanie Davies

Melanie Davies, Herstmonceux, East Sussex

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Carols by Starlight

7th October 2014

Melanie Davies:

For anyone looking for something a bit different to do this Christmas, why not come along to The Observatory Science Centre on Sunday 7th December from 5 till 9pm for a festive evening of Christmas carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

After a heart-warming performance by the Southdown Singers the evening will continue with traditional fare being served in the café (originally an RGO optics lab). There'll also be a festive tombola, plus the opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping with 20% off everything in the shop, including books, stocking fillers and gifts.

Winter is a great time to be viewing the heavens and to ponder on the mysteries of the Universe. So if it's a clear night, the observatory will open up the domes, with telescopes ready to look at the wonders of the night sky. The Moon will be full on 6th December and was known in olden times as the 'Moon Before Yule', being the last full Moon before the winter solstice.

Booking is essential for this special event, with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £8 for children. Space is limited, so book early to secure your place.

For more info about The Observatory Science Centre, visit

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Science Centre in Artist Showdown

20th January 2014

Melanie Davies:

The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, is an educational charity based within the former home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. They have entered the 'Connect10' competition which gives venues the chance to win a top artist, plus a bursary, for the Culture24 initiative 'Museums at Night' events held during May.

The science centre's unique environment and their connection with science history must have played a part in their selection as one of only four venues across the UK with the chance to win the artist and musician Fred Deakin (of 'Lemon Jelly' fame). If the science centre wins Fred for the night, he will host an evening of top class entertainment as part of Museums at Night. Fred’s idea is to put on a Day-Glo game show party within the science centre. He will divide the audience into teams and then test their skills with a series of devious challenges based on the science exhibits … all set to music! And then he'll get the party started!

The science centre needs help to win Fred. It all depends on the number of votes each venue receives - the highest number of votes wins. Voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28th January; to place your vote, go to Register your vote and keep everything crossed to welcome Fred Deakin to Herstmonceux!

The Museums At Night initiative is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

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Explore Your Universe!

9th October 2013

Melanie Davies:

During October Half Term, visitors to The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux will get the chance to 'Explore Your Universe' - from atoms to astrophysics. The project is funded by the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and the Science and Technology Facilities Council: equipment includes a thermal imaging camera and Van de Graaff generator - for some truly awesome science experiments. The project has been developed to excite and inspire young minds and to encourage young people to consider a future career in science.

The Observatory Science Centre is also running space-related workshops during half term - exploring the Earth and finding answers to cosmic questions. 'Earth & Beyond' is a twilight workshop, with Earth-based activities and learning during the afternoon and, if skies are clear during the early evening, one of the giant telescopes will swing into action for children to see what's beyond. The 'Eyes on the Universe' workshops are mini-guides to space and what's in it, with the chance to make a telescope and sundial.

Continuing with the Universe theme, the science centre has an array of hands-on exhibits, exploring the Earth, Solar System and constellations. These are in addition to permanent galleries dedicated to Forces and Light & Colour.

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