Academic Scholars’ trip to the Natural History Museum and Science Museum

Forty-two of Headington’s Academic Scholars travelled to London on Thursday 29th June to visit the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.

Scholars continued to explore their theme for the year – ‘Pattern’ – and the role this plays across the whole range of academic disciplines. From hunting habits of mammals to iron spillages being reflected in coral formations, patterns were found everywhere – as were some superb sketches and reflections from around the galleries.

After a brief hiatus for lunch – and a pause at a conveniently-placed ice-cream van – the Science Museum provided a wealth of further opportunities. Earthquake prediction, medical ethics and machine intelligence enthused and fascinated scholars and staff alike.

The range of complementary exhibits likewise reminded the scholars of one of the core aims of the Academic Scholars’ programme: to think in a broad and interdisciplinary manner.

Assistant Head Academic Mr Alex Thomson said: “Particular thanks goes to those L5 scholars who came up with the idea for this year’s trip. We look forward to plenty of suggestions for where we can go next year!”