Broadcasting Science


Radio Times Detail from the cover of 'Radio Times', November 1958

History of science exhibition from the library and archives of the Royal Society.

The introduction of radio and television allowed science to be presented in a new and immediate way. But in making the early BBC broadcasts of the 1920s and 1930s scientists and producers struggled with questions about how best to communicate scientific ideas. What makes a good scientific subject? Do people find science boring? Should scientists present science programmes? The process of deciding what and how to programme and the real and imaginary fears about audience reactions created today’s television presenters of science. This exhibition shows Fellows experimenting with broadcasting, and the evolution of the science lecturer to the science presenter - some of whom have become Fellows of the Royal Society.

Visiting the exhibition

The exhibition is open on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm and on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm. No prior appointment is necessary during those times. The exhibition is free and all are welcome to attend.

Contact: Contact the events team.

Broadcasting Science 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Events coming up

  • Science Showoff 30 June 2015 at The Royal Society, London Join us for a weird and wonderful night of science comedy, music and performance.
  • Summer Science Exhibition 2015 30 June 2015 at The Royal Society, London Our annual Summer Science Exhibition showcases the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology research. Come and try your hand at the science experiments that are changing our world.
  • How maths and logic gave us monitors 30 June 2015 at The Royal Society, London Discover why, 200 years on, the birth of George Boole in 1815 was critical for the development of the digital computer.

For more events please see the events diary.