Our summer exhibition is open from 11 am to 4 pm each Wednesday and Saturday until the end of September. It will also be open on Sunday 5 September from 12 noon to 4 pm. Admission is free and light refreshhments are available in the lounge.
The main theme is the First World War, but as 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2, some aspects of this event are also included.
Amazing technological advances occured during the inter-war years, and in 'From Flanders Fields to Flying Bombs', we illustrate this progress by comparing like objects from both wars.
On the eve of WW1, the Kaiser began to realise the enormous implications of German mobilisation and sought to step back from the brink. The German General Staff, however, told him that it was too late. All over Germany, trains were already moving, carrying soldiers to their forming-up positions. The mobilisation had gone too far to be stopped by the methods of communication available at the time. Just 25 years later, in 1939, immense improvements in radio and telephony meant that world-wide rapid communication had become commonplace. In the air, the biplane, triplane, and lumbering Zeppelin (the length of 2 football pitches) had been superseded by fighter aircraft like the Spitfire and Messerschmitt armed with machine guns, and by heavy bombers like the Lancaster - about six times faster and vastly more accurate and deadly.
James Clerk Maxwell Light Baton
2015 has been declared 'The UN International Year of Light', to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory of light, on which much of modern physics is built. Maxwell was one of the world’s greatest scientists. His discoveries in the 19th Century helped to usher in the era of modern physics, laying the foundation for such fields as special relativity and quantum mechanics.
His research led to the discovery of radio waves. He showed that Saturn's rings are made of rocks and also took the first ever colour photograph - all in a life of only 48 years. He is regarded, along with Newton and Einstein, as one of the greatest physicists of all time, yet he was also a humorous and warm-hearted man who loved writing poetry.
A 'Light Baton', resembling the Olympic torch, has been specially commissioned as a tribute to Maxwell. to be carried and displayed at every Science Festival in Scotland during the year, thanks to sponsorship from the Church of Scotland.
Created by Mike Stoane Lighting of Loanhead, it is technically very sophisticated, using the latest LED technology and in its base is a tablet which scrolls Maxwell's equations.
Forthcoming Lectures at the Museum:-
Wednesday 23 September at 7.30 pm
A technical lecture with Lothians Radio Society
'The Design of TV Cameras'
Tuesday 6 October at 7.30 pm
'The Science of Sundials'
Tuesday 20 October at 7.30 pm
'The Work of the North Queensferry Heritage Trust'
Saturday 31 October at 11.30 am with lunch
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE - Post AGM
The Harry Matthews Memorial Lecture
'Listening in - The 'Y' Service in World War II'
Saturday 12 December at 11.30 am with lunch
Annual Christmas Special
'James Clerk Maxwell - a man of Science, Poetry and Music'
A biographical lecture, with poems set to music
Tom Stevenson with Andy & Flora Munro, Dave Elliott
To book a seat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01506 823434.
Lectures are very popular and pre-booking is essential and as always, will be treated on a 'First come, first served' basis.
Ian Archibald, Convener of Burntisland Heritage Trust gave a lecture entitled Burntisland's Heritage, at the Museum on Tuesday 14 April 2015.
Burntisland was once poetically described as having its head to the hills and its feet to the sea. This is a fair description with the Firth of Forth lapping its shores and the Binn rising majestically above it to the north. It has always been a vital township situated directly across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. The Royal Burgh of Burntisland right up to the present day has a rich and varied history that is out of all proportion to its size. Ian's presentation looked closely at the story of the development of the town, the people and the many aspects of its diverse heritage.
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