Churchill wore the first onesie

Churchill’s Scientists   The Science Museum South Kensington til 1st March

Sir Winston Churchill was clearly never going to be a dedicated follower of fashion. In fact, I imagine he abhorred the idea of fashion.  Yet, it now seems he was a trend setter.  One of the highlights that visitors to this exhibition can see is Churchill’s velvet green onesie.  Apparently he had it made as it was useful in an air raid.  Seriously!

Dominated by a textual and photographic telling of the story.  The exhibition isn’t tactile enough to inspire or interest the primary schooler despite the age range of 8+.  But older students with an appreciation of science will find it interesting – but probably not enough for that to be the sole reason you head to the Science Museum.

One thing that should inspire those thinking on a career in science is the impact their choice could have – this exhibition clearly plays well to that.

The Big Little Sister is always interested in the achievements and progress of women.  The most powerful message here is that there were women involved – sure a small number.   But if we created a list of the top scientists interacting with David Cameron and co today, would there be 50 years worth of more?  Sadly, I think not.

So, if you have a daughter perhaps the best thing you can do in the Science Museum is skip Winston’s onesie and head up to the Launch pad on the 3rd floor.  Inspire her with stuff she can see and do, not a story from 50 years ago.

I also wonder who at the Science Museum defined Science – Alan Turing and the Enigma gang were for me noticeable by their absence.


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