From February a Stephen Hawking exhibition is coming to Yorkshire’s own National Science and Media Museum in Bradford where you’ll be able to see famous items owned and used by the famous theoretical physicist.
Opening 9th February, visitors will be able to visit a museum and see some iconic items related to Hawkings including his most recent wheelchair and first synthesizer.
Incredibly you’ll be able to see these and more as part of the Stephen Hawking at Work exhibition including a rare copy of his PhD thesis.
This will be the first time the exhibition will be available to audiences outside of London – and is a rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain at one of the world’s greatest thinkers.
The famous objects provide insights into Hawking’s remarkable life as a scientist, Science communicator and person who lived with motor neurone disease was acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group in May 2021.
Lucy Hawking commented: “It’s wonderful to see items from my father’s office brought together at the National Science and Media Museum as part of a highlights display. Dad’s office was such a unique and fascinating environment, and I hope this display might inspire some scientists of the future.”
In Stephen Hawking at Work, visitors can see Hawking’s rare PhD thesis, his spectacles adapted to aid communication and even an invitation to a party for time travellers which Hawking hosted.
Dr Juan-Andres Leon, Curator of Stephen Hawking at Work, added: “On display for the first time outside of London, visitors to the National Science and Media Museum will be able to explore extraordinary objects from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office.
“These notable items give a rare glimpse into Hawking’s remarkable life as a world-renowned theoretical physicist to inspire the next generation of scientists and thinkers. The Science Museum Group acquired Hawking’s most treasured possessions in May 2021 and now audiences from across the country will have the opportunity to see a selection of these fascinating objects up close.”
The remarkable contents of Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, innovative wheelchairs and communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – are now cared for by the Science Museum Group. Audiences across the globe can explore these significant items on the Science Museum Group’s popular online collection.
Visit the website here to find out more.