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Summer Science Showcase

Calling all science teachers! You are invited to an evening of expert talks, learning and discovery at the Garden Museum.

Join us on Tues 25 June from 5pm to explore our dedicated science learning zone, and find out about the plant science resources and activities we can offer at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Our aim is to inspire young people to get involved with plant science within a fascinating and unique museum setting on the banks of the river Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Speakers’ Schedule

5pm: Caitlin McMillan, London CLC

This hands-on session will look at how a variety of digital technologies can be used to support learning in Science. Part of London CLC’s Tech Pathways London project, helping educators to support young people in developing the digital skills they need to succeed in the modern workforce.

5.30pm: Dr. Alison Foster – Chemical Elements of Plant Growth

2019 has been declared by the UN as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. It is 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev discovered the Periodic System leading to the unifying scientific concept of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. This talk will cover the role of macronutrients and micronutrients (all of which are chemical elements) in healthy plant growth and touch on the potential to use plants as bioremediation tools to remove toxic heavy metals from contaminated soils.

6.00pm-6.15pm: Break

6.15pm:  Dr. Jonathan Mitchley (Dr. M), Associate Professor University of Reading

A botanist and plant ecologist involved in both academic research and industry, bringing plant diversity into the classroom. Passionate to communicate his love and understanding of plants in the landscape to pupils.

6.45pm: Harriet Gendall and Caroline Cornish, Kew Mobile Museum

Discussing the educational uses of biocultural collections, within the context of Kew’s Economic Botany Collection. They will also share their recent experiences of facilitating two London-based schools in developing their own classroom museums (with a focus on learning from plant-based objects) as part of the Mobile Museum project. A collaborative research initiative between Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Holloway, University of London.

 7.15pm: Drinks, light refreshment, after-hours tour of the Sackler garden, the Garden Museum and Medieval Tower

About the Garden Museum

The Garden Museum is housed in the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth.  The Museum contains the burial place of John Tradescant, the first great gardener and plant hunter in British History. In order to preserve his tomb, Rosemary Nicholson founded the Museum in 1977. The

Museum explores and celebrates British gardening through its collections, temporary exhibitions, events and garden visits. Visitors will enjoy the permanent collection of paintings, tools and ephemera and historic artefacts, all providing a glimpse into our love affair with gardens.

Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or architecture, the Museum has something for you.