Victorian Science Spectacular: Registration Open!

Roll up! Roll up! For your chance to see science, Victorian style, you need to register via the University of Birmingham website here. If you have any problems registering via the website, you can email the workshop organisers to register. The performance is free, open to all ages 12 and above.

The performance will start at 6:30pm on Saturday 9 November 2013, in the Poynting Physics Building, R13 on the campus map. You can download the poster here (pdf 2MB).

(from left to right) Professor Marmaduke Salt of the Royal Panopticon of Science (Iwan Morus); Miss Ann Veronica Stanley, learned scientific gentlewoman (Aileen Fyfe); and Mr George Wells, inventor and brother of H.G. (Katy Price).

(from left to right) Professor Marmaduke Salt of the Royal Panopticon of Science (Iwan Morus); Miss Ann Veronica Stanley, learned scientific gentlewoman (Aileen Fyfe); and Mr George Wells, inventor and brother of H.G. (Katy Price).


What futuristic marvels amused the Victorians? We bring you the phonograph, magic lantern, animated photographs, and chemical and electrical experiments from over a century ago. How have attitudes to innovation and the future changed since then?

Our compere prepares the audience for a journey back in time to a science show in 1898. Professor Marmaduke Salt will first of all discourse upon the Electric Spark. This is followed by a phonograph demonstration by Mr George Wells, accompanying his Magic Lantern Lecture on “Ancient Music”. Miss Ann Veronica Stanley introduces the marvelous Animated Photographs. Professor Salt and his able assistant Mr. Selwyn demonstrate wireless telegraphy, and the show concludes with Mr. Selwyn’s warnings about the proper use of gases, accompanied by a shocking demonstration. We invite the audience to stay and discuss Victorian visions of the future, and how their approach compares to aspirations about science and technology today.’

2 thoughts on “Victorian Science Spectacular: Registration Open!

  1. Hello!

    Thought I had booked 2 tickets for Saturday’s Victorian Science Spectacular through the LiveBrum website but have had no confirmation.
    Might I book them through yourselves instead please?

    Many thanks,
    Emma Baker

    • Thanks for getting in touch. A few people have contacted us about confirmation and it may be that the site simply doesn’t send one out. In any case, I’ll make sure we’ve kept two spaces for you.

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