After breakfast, our lecture focused on Newton, Linneaus, and Priestley. We then caught the tube to Westminster Station, briefly stopped to see #10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister’s residence) and Her Majesty and Queen’s Horse Guard Parade, before heading to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms. It’s a fascinating, hands-on museum connected to the underground bunker war rooms from which Britain waged World War II. While most of our history of science and medicine museums are static, featuring preserved specimens and inert statutes and figures, the Churchill archives include considerable film and audio recordings. We found it most intriguing.
During free time, a group of students went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of Harry Potter about 20 miles northwest of London. Another group looked into visiting criminal trials at “Old Bailey” (the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales). Several students attended Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Photographs: Entrance to Churchill Museum; student exploring Churchill’s day-to-day activities.