8th May 2016
Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
Just about everyone is no doubt familiar with the cultural and scientific jewels to be found on and around Exhibition Road, the pet project of Queen Victoria’s Consort Prince Albert: the Natural History & Science Museums, the V&A, the Albert Hall… Just as important, sitting halfway along the road, is the renowned educational institution Imperial College.
Highly regarded as one of the best universities in the country, particularly for its work in medicine and the sciences, Imperial College is celebrated for its work in research and innovation. One of its most innovative moves has been, since 2012, to throw its doors open to the public for a weekend of demonstrations and workshops (with a smattering of song & dance thrown in) – and highly popular it’s proved to be as well, with tens of thousands of enquiring young and not-so-young enthusiasts exploring and interacting with some of some of the latest ideas in science and technology. And there’s even a beer tent.
So why, amongst all this innovation, are we looking at an ancient motor vehicle? Well, 2016 just happened to be the 120th anniversary of the first motor show – or the first Horseless Carriage Show (which would have been similar to this, I imagine), and so, in addition to all the futuristic sciencey stuff, lots of ancient motory stuff (and Bernie Ecclestone) was there to enjoy.