Arty Saturdays: ‘Making Waves’
Every Saturday 15 March to 17 May, 1-3pm (All ages)
Check out the fantastic craft activities linked to this exhibition on the science of sound. You can make a cup telephone, decorate and play a paper plate banjo, make a simple siren to surprise your friends, or design your own instrument of the future. The choice is yours!
Mon 7 April, 1-2pm (3-6yrs), 2.30-3.30pm (7-12yrs)
Come along to the Gateway Galleries and get a chance to play some of your favourite musical instruments.
Herman von Helmholtz and the Physics of Music
Thurs 20 March, 1-1.45pm
Our understanding of the physics of musical instruments owes a huge debt to the work of Hermann von Helmholtz in 19th century Germany. His seminal work ‘On The Sensations Of Tone’ (1863) also set out novel techniques crucial in studying the perception of pitched sounds. This talk by Dr Jonathan Kemp (Music Dept) will cover the experiments he conducted and their relevance to contemporary musical acoustics. Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free but booking essential.
Looking Beneath the Waves
Weds 23 April, 5.30-6.15pm
In recent years sound has been used by scientists at the University of St Andrews to reveal the past both on and beneath the sea floor. This talk by Dr Richard Bates (School of Geography and Geosciences) will look at how acoustics have enabled us to map the changes in submerged landscapes and to investigate and monitor our maritime archaeological heritage. Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free but booking essential.
Scientific Instruments as Teaching Tools in Victorian Britain
Weds 30 April, 5.30-6.15pm
The 19th century was a time of scientific innovation, with new, ground-breaking instruments pushing the boundaries of human knowledge. But instruments were not only for research: they had a key role in demonstrating scientific discoveries to learners and to lay people. This talk by Dr Aileen Fyfe, School of History, will investigate how instruments were used to spectacular effect in popular scientific lectures, and how they transformed the nature of science teaching in universities, including St Andrews. Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free but booking essential.