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Illuminating India at the Science Museum

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Mitch Epstein, Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India 1981. Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln
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Delve into India’s remarkable scientific and technological breakthroughs past and present with a season of exhibitions, artworks and cultural activities. Read More


Celebrate India’s contributions to the worlds of science, mathematics and technology with the Science Museum’s Illuminating India season of events.

Marking India’s 70 years of independence and the British Council’s UK-India Year of Culture 2017-18, the season features at its centre two major exhibitions, taking place alongside a programme of art, film screenings, workshops, talks and performances.

The first exhibition, 5000 Years of Science and Innovation, showcases India’s groundbreaking advances in science, from mathematics to communication and engineering, and celebrates some of its greatest thinkers from the ancient past to the modern day. See the earliest standardised weights which date back to almost 3,000 BC and a page from the Bakhshali Manuscript thought to show the earliest use of zero as a placeholder, right through to a payload developed as part of India’s current space programme.

Trace the development of photography in India in the second exhibition, Photography 1857-2017, and find out how the medium was used by the military and colonial administrators to document and control people and their environment. The exhibition focuses on two historically significant years, the rebellion of 1857 and India’s independence in 1947, and displays the work of pioneering Indian photographers alongside those of their Western contemporaries.

During your visit, drop by Chila Kumari Burman’s specially commissioned series of artworks, which respond to the Illuminating India season, and in particular to the 5000 Years of Science and Innovation exhibition.

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Science Museum

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
020 7942 4000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington Train: Picadilly, Circle, District

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