St Albans Museum + Gallery is proud to announce a new, free, major exhibition in its state-of-the-art Weston Gallery. Now open, Science in St Albans: Novum Organum Scientiarum celebrates some of the incredible scientists that have lived and worked in St Albans City and District.
From local entomologist, Eleanor Ormerod (pictured), who lived on Holywell Hill to Stephen Hawking, who was educated at St Albans School, this exhibition celebrates the impact St Albans has had on the scientific world.
St Albans is known for its Roman heritage, its place in the Wars of the Roses, and its impressive Cathedral and religious history. But residents and visitors alike may be less familiar with the role St Albans has played in the lives and work of scientists throughout history. Thanks to a new exhibition at St Albans Museum + Gallery, the city’s little-known scientific heritage will now be celebrated.
At the heart of this story is Sir Francis Bacon - a philosopher, poet, garden designer, cryptographer, lawyer, scientist and St Albans resident. His influential book Novum Organum Scientiarum outlined the scientific method which went on to be used by scientists and science organisations across the world.
Working from Bacon’s new method the exhibition will explore the discoveries made by St Albans linked scientists, focussing in on the works of local scientists, like Hawking, and organisations such as Vickers and Rothamsted Research.
The exhibition will be free to visit and will be on display in the Weston Gallery at St Albans Museum + Gallery until Sunday 15 March 2020.
It follows the incredibly popular Barbara Hepworth: artist in society 1948-53 exhibition, which explored a short yet significant period in the life of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists.
Kate Warren, Museums Manager said, “we’re committed to showcasing a real mix of exhibitions at St Albans Museum + Gallery. We had a wonderful art exhibition and now we’re so pleased to offer this new, more historic exhibition focussed on a lesser-known element of St Albans and its heritage.”