London’s Science Museum is to celebrate it’s 100th birthday on June 26th with a year long programme of events and initiatives including a three day public Birthday party and the refurbishment of two major galleries.
A new ‘Centenary Journey’ trail will see ten iconic objects selected by Science Museum as the most significant objects from the past centuries of science, engineering, technology and medicine. members of the public will be asked to vote for the object they believe has had the greatest impact on the past, present and future with the winner being announced in October 2009.
The programme of events, which will also include the opening two new exhibitions Cosmos & Culture and Watt’s Workshop and the launch of a £1 million public fundraising appeal, mark the date the Museum became an independent organisation.
Chris Rapley, Director of the Science Museum, said, “The world has witnessed an incredible century of science – countless discoveries, inventions and endeavours that would have been unimaginable when the Science Museum came into being in 1909. Today, at a time of rapid and radical change for humankind, the Science Museum is committed to becoming the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, and gain insight and inspiration. Our centenary is a moment of reflection and celebration but is also an opportunity to look towards the future. What are the museum artefacts of the future? How will science, engineering, medicine and technology shape our lives in the next one hundred years? I, for one, am very excited to find out.”
For more information visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/centenary