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World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

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A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

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Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

Photo weoley

The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160


Science meets literature in our Planetarium! Join us for an evening of star gazing as Dr Pippa Goldschmidt discusses the connections between astronomy and literature. This event is in association with The Big Read, and is aimed at adults and older teenagers.

Novelists, poets and playwrights, including John Banville, Bertolt Brecht and Edwin Morgan, have long been inspired by astronomy and space science. Some literary works are quasi-biographical and examine the lives of real astronomers, others take inspiration from the science. Dr Pippa Goldschmidt will talk about the different aspects of astronomy that have been explored in literature and discuss how they are represented.

Pippa Goldschmidt used to be an astronomer at Imperial College, and is now a writer. She’s the author of the novel ‘The Falling Sky’ and the collection of short stories ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’. Her short stories, articles and poetry have been published in a variety of publications, including the Independent and the New York Times, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The event starts at 7.30pm, but there is a pre-show drink, so we advise visitors to arrive for 7.00pm.

To book tickets, call 0121 348 8263.