Tom Leonard Memorial Lecture : Our Faraday Lectures

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Exploring scientists over time with a link to our area

Saturday 27th September 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

KasKane Cafe (adjacent to the Museum car park)

Admission free, all welcome.

From the September 27th till November, the Museum will be celebrating Michael Faraday’s visit to Loftus with an exhibition about him, Loftus alum works and Louis Hunton, a young pioneering geologist whose father worked at the Loftus alum works.

The highlight of the exhibition will be original portraits of Faraday alone and in association with his scientific contemporaries on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition will officially open on the 27th of September at 2pm following The Tom Leonard Memorial Lecture; which this year will be our own version of the ‘Faraday Lectures’ exploring scientists over time with a link to our area. Local historian Peter Appleton will start the lectures talking about Michael Faraday and links to our area before the ironstone mining and Geologist Denis Goldring will talk about scientists at the time of ironstone mining.

The exhibition is part of a programme of activities running alongside other Tees Valley Museums called Making a Mark which explores how the Tees Valley made its mark on Britain through the lives and work of local people.

We are very grateful to the following for assisting with the exhibition;
Arts Council Schools and Museums Partnership – Making a Mark Tees Valley Museums;
The National Portrait Gallery as the National Partner in the Making a Mark Programme;
Kirkleatham Museum as lead partner in Making a Mark, and for the loan of fossils;
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust for the loan of alum exhibition material, alum works diorama, and fossil exhibits;
NE Yorkshire Geology Trust and Mike Windle for their support and loan of the Lewis Hunton exhibition;
Peter Appleton whose idea it was and for assistance with information for the panels relating to Faraday and his Audio Visual sequence; Graham Banwell for his co-ordination of the exhibits and production of the final panels that relate to Faraday and finally the team of volunteers, and staff at the Museum for their contribution to assembling the exhibition.

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