Head of Steam’s latest exhibition ‘out of this world’

Head of Steam’s latest exhibition ‘out of this world’
28 May 2019

Budding space explorers can enjoy an ‘out of this world’ experience as the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum prepares for its latest exhibition to land.

A piece of the moon will be coming to the museum between Saturday 15 June and Monday 26 August, when visitors can take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and touch real moon rock as part of a new Moon Exhibition and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Visitors can explore 5,000 years of our fascination with our nearest neighbour: see the carvings made by our ancient ancestors whilst gazing at the moon, and see replicas of the incredible space technology that took astronauts there exactly 50 years ago in July 1969.

Did you know a Russian robot reached the Moon before the American astronauts? That wolves don’t actually howl at the Moon? That the ancient Aztec and Mayan lunar calendars are so accurate they can still be used today? That if you stand on the Moon, you can watch ‘Earthrise’? That the Moon has its own time zone? Find out all this and more at Head of Steam this summer!

Alison Grange, collections and learning assistant at the museum, said:

“Our ancestors have long been fascinated by the moon and we’re thrilled to be able to host this special exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

“There are no doubt many people who can remember this very special moment in history and we’d love to hear their memories and hope they will come along to join us for this celebration and the chance to see and touch a piece of the moon.”

The exhibition will appeal to families and space enthusiasts of all ages. Normal entrance fee applies.

Two special talks will also take place at the museum on Sunday 30 June to coincide with the exhibition - ‘Our Neighbour the Moon’ and ‘Space in the 1960s’. Both are by Martin Lunn MBE FRAS, former curator of astronomy at the Yorkshire Museum, York.

Our Neighbour the Moon, 11.30am-12.30pm, will explore the human history of the moon. The moon was worshipped as a god in the past for the protection its night time gave to ancient people. At one time, people thought that there were oceans on the moon and that creatures might live there. Today the moon is a dead world but it is the only place apart from the earth where people have set foot.

Space in the 1960s, 1.30-2.30pm will explore the spectacular progress in the exploration of space during the decade. Robot space craft explored the moon and the planets Venus and Mars, and in 1969 men walked on the moon. The 1960s saw the beginning of our attempt to cross the final frontier, the conquest of space.

The talks are included in normal museum admission and family passes but places are limited and must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Places can be booked via the Head of Steam website at www.head-of-steam.co.uk.