New for 2017

Hugh Bourne: Pioneer of Science for All!  The Royal Society has funded a new exhibition as part of their Local Heroes Scheme.

Come and see

  • a model of a Newcomen Pumping Engine, on loan for 2017 from Cheddleton Flint Mill
  • Hugh Bourne's experiments
  • the Physic Garden
Programme of Events for May and June 2017

30 April, Sunday, 2.30: Heritage Service with Revd Steven Wild, 'The Mourners' Bench'

11-13 May, 10.00-5.00; 14 May 2.00-5.00: Quilt Exhibition 'Then 'til Now' - Quilts Past and Present

12 May, 10.00-4.00: Quilting Workshop, cost £10 including materials. Places limited so please book in advance

13 May, 10.30-11.30: Talk by Jackie Smith, textile artist: 'Then 'til Now: Quilts Past and Present' - a guide to what to see in the Exhibition

20 May, 7.30: Museums at Night: An Evening with the Bats. Join Ged Ryan for a talk and refreshments, followed by a walk with bat detector boxes.

28 May, Sunday, 2.30: Heritage Service with Revd David Leese, 'Gospel Magic!'

Royal Society Local Heroes Event - Hugh Bourne: Pioneer of Science for All!

The Royal Society's Local Heroes scheme is telling the stories of local science heroes across the UK - including Hugh Bourne!  Come and see the exhibition, listen to the talks, and try some hands-on experiements.

Saturday 8 July - book this date in your diary now!

Hugh Bourne is well known as the founder of Primitive Methodism. What is less well known is that he was a Millwright and Engineer, and built one of the first railways - from Stonetrough Colliery to Congleton Moss, in 1802.  He was passionate about Science, seeing it as evidence of the goodness of God, and part of his blessing to us. 

As editor of the Primitive Methodist Children's Magazine (1824-28) he introduced children to science, and encouraged them to experiment with everyday objects.  He inspired children to use their skills of observation and reasoning to explore the world around them.  He saw Science as a Way to God.

He also produced 'Family Receipts', a pamphlet giving cures for common ailments such as rheumatism and toothache, and drew on his own experience of treating a range of accidents from a cut from a scythe, to a cow choking on a turnip!

Progamme for day

Coffee from 10.00

Talks as follows

10.30: The Bourne Family: Millwrights and Engineers, with John Anderson

11.30: Hugh Bourne's Primitive Physic, with Jill Barber, our Director

12.30: Hugh Bourne Man of God and Man of Science, with Revd Stephen Hatcher

2.30: Experiments with everyday objects!









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