School of Physics Seminar Programme 2014-2015 Venue: Larmor Lecture Theatre Time: 13:00 Monday, February 10th Making physics spectacular: behind the scenes at the Science Museum • Curating one of the world’s greatest collections of physics and astronomy, spanning from the 10th to the 21st centuries, is a varied job. One minute you’re holding a copy of Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and the next you’re partying with Peter Higgs and Stephen Hawking. Although really you spend most of your time writing proposal documents, stopping exhibition designers from blowing your budget, and trying to track down objects – all elements of creating exhibitions and experiences to interest audiences in the complexities of science and how it operates. The speaker is Alison Boyle, who completed a BSc in Experimental Physics in 1998, followed by a European Master’s in Astronomy at the Universidade do Porto and University of Oxford. Moving from doing physics to writing about it, she completed an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London in 2001 and since then has been at the Science Museum, where she is now a senior member of the curatorial team. She is lead curator of the Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Collider: step inside the world’s greatest experiment, which runs in London until May, followed by an international tour, and is studying part-time for a PhD in Science and Technology Studies at University College London.