Hoyle Project Public Events
Several public events have been held as part of the Hoyle Project, culminating in the Grand Finale on Saturday 19 March 2011. You can find details of the events below, as well as some recordings, image galleries, and hands-on activities produced for them.
- Grand Finale (Cambridge Science Festival), 19 March 2011
- Therein lies a tale (University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas), 26 October 2010
- Open Cambridge, 10 and 11 September 2010
- The Way to the Stars (Cambridge Science Festival), 13 March 2010
- The Way to the Stars (College Exhibition), 5 October to 21 December 2009
- Hoyle Day at St John's, 17 October 2009
- Into Deepest Space (Cambridge Science Festival), 14 March 2009
- Hoyle Day at St John's, 8 November 2008
19 March 2011
The Hoyle Project came to an end in March 2011. The end of the project was celebrated with a day of free talks, exhibitions and hands-on activities as part of the Cambridge Science Festival and St John's College quincentenary celebrations.
People of all ages and all levels of scientific knowledge came along to find out more about the life and work of one of the twentieth century’s most creative and controversial scientists.
Big Bang: the Life and Work of Fred Hoyle
An exhibition of the personal papers, books, and artefacts of Sir Fred Hoyle revealing the life, work and personality of one of the twentieth century's most creative and controversial scientists.
Exhibits from this display continue to be available in the Hoyle online exhibition.
Books, boxes and boots: the Life, Work and Papers of Fred Hoyle
We regret that a recording of this talk is not currently available.
Searching for Cosmic Dawn: the Quest for the First Galaxies
Astrobiology: the Hunt for Alien Life
Build Your Own Astrolabe
The astrolabe is a medieval instrument for measuring and calculating the positions of the sun and stars. At this hands-on session participants learnt how they work and constructed their very own working model to take home and try out.
Although this event has now happened, you can still try building an astrolabe at home, using this online astrolabe kit.
Tuesday 26 October 2010
What do Chaucer, Wordsworth, Larkin and Hoyle all have in common? Their manuscripts were all on display at St John's as part of the Cambridge University Festival of Ideas. 'Therein lies a tale' showcased some of the literary manuscripts and rare books held in St John's College Old Library.
In the evening some of the books displayed were investigated further in two engaging public talks.
Dr James Harmer (St John's College) spoke about a sixteenth century manuscript of Thomas Sackville's 'The Complaint of Henry Duke of Buckingham'.
Dr Ian Patterson (Queens' College) spoke about some first editions of early twentieth-century poetry under the title 'T.S. Eliot, the Hogarth Press, and Poetry Publishing'.
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 September 2010
Over 560 people visited the Library on 10 and 11 September and answered some fascinating questions about our collections:
Discover some of the treasures of St John’s College Old Library. How old is our oldest manuscript? How big is our biggest book? Why is there a lizard in the Library?
Open Cambridge is a weekend of tours, talks and open access in which University and College buildings and collections go on show for families, local residents and community groups. St John's College Library offered adults' tours on Friday 10 September and an all-day exhibition and family tours on Saturday 11 September.
Saturday 13 March 2010, 10am to 4pm
Hundreds of visitors came to St John's College Old Library to see an exhibition about the history of astronomy. Some of the highlights included an early fifteenth-century copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's Treatise on the astrolabe and Sir Fred Hoyle's boyhood telescope.
Build Your Own Astrolabe
As part of the day groups of children and adults learnt how to build their own astrolabes. The instructions are now also available online for anyone else who would like to have a go.
The exhibition and hands-on event were held as part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival.
5 October to 21 December 2009, weekdays from 9am to 5pm
As part of the Library's programme of exhibitions The Way to the Stars explored hundreds of years of astronomy at St John's College.
The exhibition was officially opened on Saturday 17 October 2009 with the Hoyle Project's second Hoyle Day.
|As part of Cambridge Science Festival, over 350 adults and children visited St John's College Library on Saturday 14 March 2009.|
During the day, visitors took part in a hands-on activity based on Fred Hoyle's 1959 novel Ossian's Ride. Thirty-two inventive and atmospheric illustrations were drawn to go with an abridged version of the book. See these illustrations online now in the Library photo gallery.
The Old Library was the venue for an exhibition exploring Fred Hoyle's science fiction writing. Drafts of several of Hoyle's books were displayed, as well as manuscripts of unpublished children's stories and detective fiction. The displays also explored Hoyle's reasons for writing, and the relationship between scientific fact and science fiction in his works.
Saturday 8 November 2008, 11am-4.30pm
The first Hoyle Project event was held on Saturday 8 November at St John's College, Cambridge. During the ‘Hoyle Day’, the seventeenth-century Old Library was open to visitors, housing an exhibition of items from the Hoyle Collection illustrating his interests, achievements, and personality. Guided tours of the library were given to large audiences at 11am, 12noon and 3.30pm. At 2pm, Dr Carolin Crawford from the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy gave a fascinating and very well-attended talk on Hoyle's scientific legacy.
Some of the comments received from visitors:
"Well organised and well presented tour"
"Tone, content and timing just right for interested public"
"Enjoyed it – learned much – impressed with openness of college to outsiders and willingness to share its wealth of info and archives"
"The Hoyle Project Associate and Special Collections Librarian were friendly and informative"