Churchill's Scientists at Science Museum


Churchill with a spitfire from Castle Bromwich. Photo: Philip Insley, CBAF Archive Vickers ArchivesSyndics Pinterest


Explore the fascinating subject of Second World War technological advances as the Science Museum takes you to meet Churchill's Scientists.

As one of the many events to mark the 50 years since Churchill's death, this exhibition illustrates the great Prime Minister's enthrallment with cutting edge inventions and scientific developments. It could be argued that his interest in such matters greatly helped Britain to win the war, with everything from the invention of the radar to the production of penicillin and antibiotics saving countless lives.

Discover how the technological advancements of the time also bolstered the fire power of the Allies, with examples here of Britain's top secret research into the development of the first atomic bomb. Many of the projects initiated by Churchill during the war didn’t flourish until sometime after, but those that did – such as molecular genetics, radio astronomy, robotics and nuclear power – have shaped the world around us.

Highlights of the exhibition include some of Churchill's personal possessions, including his green velvet siren suit and the cigar he smoked on winning the election in 1951.

Venue Details & Map

Science Museum

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
0870 8704 868
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington Train: Victoria

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