Winston Churchill presided over some of Britain’s darkest hours during World War II. The great man’s legendary charisma and tactical nous often come to mind when many think of how Britain won the war, but it’s worth remembering that a great deal is also owed to science.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, the Science Museum is set to host an exhibition that will give insight into the many inventions that came to the aid of the UK during the war and under Churchill’s direction.
History buff and science fanatics will get the chance to see film footage, artefacts, letters and photographs as the stories of some of the era’s most remarkable inventions unfold in front of them.
The invention of the radar by Robert Watson-Watt, Elsie Widdowson’s groundbreaking nutritional work and Dorothy Hodgkin’s influence over X-ray crystallography all feature as well as some of Churchill’s personal items – the cigar he is said to have been smoking upon hearing of his 1951 re-election is one such item.
Opening January 23 2015 and running until March 1 2016, the display will give many the chance to witness just how much influence Britain’s greatest prime minister had on wartime England and the rest of the world.
Most of the displays at the exhibition are free with a permanent collection in place. Some of the temporary exhibitions may charge an entry fee, however.
The quickest way to get to the museum is to take one of the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines to South Kensington tube station. From there, the destination is just a short walk.
London is home to many fantastic museums and some of the best are located close by to the Science Museum. Why not make a weekend of it and visit the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well? Book a room at one of our Shaftesbury Hotels and enjoy the capital in style.