Up to Manchester

  On Friday morning George set off in the van from the Open University with the first batch of materials for the Catch a Shooting Star exhibit. The load included the poster boards, touch screen computer and of course the meteorites. Well not all the meteorites! Diane and I would be taking some of them…

Don’t cry for me…

Most people’s idea of a meteorite is a big lump of iron. How do they get that idea? Well, it probably has something to do with museums. You see Iron meteorites are pretty solid things and hold together much better than stones, which are by far and away the more abundant type of meteorite. So…

A visit from Graham

The basic idea behind “Catch a Shooting Star” is that people get enthusiastic about Space once they have had a chance to touch and hold real extraterrestrial samples. But an exhibit of touchable Space Rocks is never going to work if you don’t have any meteorites. So our first job was to find some nice…

The Train that Vanished

I think we can all agree that trains are pretty big things; they can’t just disappear without trace, surely? But that’s exactly what happened yesterday to the 10.50am service from Milton Keynes to Manchester Piccadilly. I was heading up with my colleague, Diane Johnson, to the Manchester Museum for the first full team meeting of…