Her Majesty The Queen to Visit Science Museum

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II looks at artefacts as she meets with GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming and historian Tony Comer during a visit to Watergate House in London to mark the centenary of GCHQ, the UK's Intelligence, Security and Cyber Agency.


Thursday 7th March 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will visit the Science Museum in London on Thursday 7th March to announce its summer exhibition, Top Secret, and unveil a new space for supporters, to be known as the Smith Centre.

Tracing its origins from the Great Exhibition in 1851, the Science Museum aims to ignite curiosity among visitors of all ages through iconic objects, exhibitions and stories of scientific achievement.

Her Majesty’s visit will celebrate the technology of communications. On display will be iconic objects, including an enigma machine, loaned to the Science Museum for Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security by GCHQ. Also present will be the original NeXT computer used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web in 1989.

Upon arrival, The Queen will be greeted by primary school students participating in an activity with beebots – robots designed for use by young children. During the visit, Her Majesty will view objects connected with the Top Secret exhibition and meet school students involved in computer coding sessions.

Her Majesty will tour the Smith Centre to meet supporters and employees who will benefit from the new space, which will be used for networking, events and lectures. On display will be a painting by Terence Cuneo depicting an electrical engineering workshop. The Queen will unveil a plaque to officially open the Smith Centre, to conclude the visit.

Her Majesty has previously visited the Science Museum on a number of occasions, in 1938, 1996, 1988, 2006 and most recently in 2014, when The Queen opened the Information Age gallery by sending her first tweet.

With over three million visitors per year, The Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical advancement from across the globe.

The Smith Centre occupies a building originally constructed in 1890. The design reflects the rich history of the Museum across four rooms, preserving many of the building’s original features.

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