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.
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.’