Discover more about the constellations of stars and see if you can discover your own!

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People have been fascinated by space throughout history and we are still exploring as part of the Our Place in Space project. At the Whipple Museum, explore globes of the Earth, stars and planets. Find out how people have modelled the solar system over the centuries and make your own orrery, a moving map of the Sun, Earth and Moon. Drop in activity, no booking required. 

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Mendelssohn: Quartet Op.13
Schumann: Fantasie (part)
Brahms: Piano Quintet Op.34

About the Session 

This set of activities covers and expands on the Year 5 national curriculum unit "Earth and Space", using objects from the Whipple Museum to explore:

The solar system

Terrestrial, celestial and planetary globes

The earth's movement around the sun

Space science today 

Duration: Can be booked as: 

A 90-minute session in the museum - you can find an example timetable for a museum session here

A night sky, full of stars is a thing of wonder. In this activity, learn how to use a few simple items to recreate the magic of a starry night in a jar.

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Have you ever looked up at the sky on a clear night and noticed shapes or groups of stars that appear to form a pattern? These are known as constellations. This activity shows you how to make your own viewer to help identify the constellations.

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Most of these photographs were not intended as ‘artistic’ images as such, although many have strong aesthetic aspects. Rather, as so often with photographs, it is through accidental serendipity, that each highlights different layers of landscape in an effort to document the speed of change on the peninsula. The aim is to encourage visitors and inhabitants to look again, protect and cherish their shared heritage, monuments and environment.


Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major Hob.XVI:23
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor D784
Ravel: Une barque sur l’Ocean; Alborado del gracioso (from Miroirs)
Janàcek: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, ‘From the Street’
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Four Lyric Pieces (homages to Haydn, Schubert, Janàcek and Ravel)

Each week we gather in the gallery for a short talk by a subject specialist, followed by related object handling or a closer look. There are six weekly sessions:

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