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Ingenious Inventions

‌Uncover a wealth of weird and wonderful stories at our summer of 17th century science.


These family friendly sessions involve a bit of audience participation and are always good fun. Performances every day (except Sunday) at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Soldier and Mad Scientist: Prince Rupert of the Rhine 200px
29 July to 5 August, 8, 10, 11, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31 August and 2 September

Meet Prince Rupert of the Rhine who’ll tell you how he turned Windsor Castle into a laboratory and invented a torpedo, a diving bell and exploding teardrops.

‌Mad Madge: First Lady of Science Fiction
‌7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 August and 1 September
‌Meet Mad Madge, Duchess of Newcastle, one of England's first science fiction writers and the only woman in the 1600s ever to be invited to visit the Royal Society.


Family Craft Activities

10am to 4pm every day

Terrific Telescopes
29, 30 July, 1 to 6 August and 2, 3 September

Make your own heavenly creations and imagine the seventeenth century stars with our build your own telescope activities. Suitable for children of all ages and their families.

Messy Mondays! Pendulum Painters
Every Monday from 31 July to 28 August

Join our giant pendulum painting party. Celebrate the motion that inspired Huygens to invent a clock and take home a messy masterpiece. Suitable for children of all ages and their families.

Ticking Technology
8 to 11 August

Put history in your pocket and make a mini watch to carry in your Restoration waistcoat.

Microscopic Monsters
11 to 20 August

Learn what 17th century scientists saw when they first looked through a microscope and make some friendly bacteria to take home!

A Right Royal Rocket
22 to 27 August

Investigate the work of a 17th century scientist and launch your own rocket.

Crafty Calculations
29 August to 1 September

Did you know that the first calculator was invented in the 17th century? Come and learn about Pascal’s adding machine and make some crafty calculations of your own.


Are you an Ingenious Inventor? Find out more about our competition to win a prize package fit for a genius here