Alien Revolution

© Lucy Pringle
Crop-circle attributed to aliens activity in Cheesefoot, Hampshire
Royal Museums Greenwich, Greenwich Monday April 29 2013 10:00 - 17:00

While you might be looking forward to killer zombies in upcoming apocalypse flick ‘World War Z’, or enjoying the angsty emo variety in zom-rom-com ‘ Warm Bodies’, the Royal Observatory is hoping to focus your mind on a more cerebral level of sci-fi – that is, alien life forms. Its new exhibition, ‘Alien Revolution’, explores our fascination with aliens through nineteenth-century illustrations of moon maidens, snaps of the Mars rover Curiosity, 1970s evidence of crop circles, and stills from ’80s-favourite ‘ET’. The exhibition is small but an accompanying programme of events as part of an ‘alien season’ encourages visitors of all ages to look up to the sky with open-minded wonder.

Highlights include four sci-fi movie nights (featuring gems such as ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ and ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’), as well as the ‘Explore Your Universe’ day on May 18, which includes an aliens planetarium show and a make- a-planet-finder session. You can also sign up for the ‘Aliens in Science Fiction’ short course, which covers the genre’s interplay of science, imagination and culture to help you write your own sci-fi.

Venue name: Royal Museums Greenwich
Contact:
Address: Romney Rd
London
SE10 9NF
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm inc Museum, Royal Observatory & Queen’s House
Transport: Rail: Greenwich/Maze Hill rail/Cutty Sark DLR
Event phone: 020 8312 6565