Filming of the Christmas Lectures to be live streamed at the National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum will be among the 18 venues nationally to exclusively live stream the Christmas Lectures straight from the Royal Institution on the 12 and 14 December, before they are aired on TV.  The broadcast offers the public the chance to see Dr Hannah Fry explore ‘Secrets and Lies: the hidden power of maths’ in a unique venue with supplementary science shows further explaining the concepts discussed in the show.

The lectures, which will delve into the surprising ways that maths controls our everyday life, explores how strange occurrences can be explained using probability, big data and the trends and algorithms that influence today’s society.

Tapping into topics that are very much at the forefront of our culture, Hannah will demonstrate how we can demystify the numbers that are, in many cases, hidden in plain sight, as well as showing us how to separate news from fake news and take back control of the data that, although we may not realise it, influences us constantly.

The Director of the Ri, Shaun Fitzgerald, said: “We want to connect as many people as possible with science and this is a wonderful opportunity to extend the reach of one of our flagship events.

As well as being an amazing show, the Christmas Lectures represent the ideal opportunity to critically examine the impact of science in our lives. We are delighted that thousands more people can enjoy the magic of the Lectures live, in such amazing venues. Michael Faraday would most definitely approve.”

Shaun McLoughlin, Mine Director at the National Coal Mining Museum, said: “As a Museum with STEM at the heart of what we do, we’re thrilled to be one of the venues that will be hosting the first full scale live stream of the Christmas Lectures.

We’re looking forward to not only offering visitors the fantastic opportunity to see the filming of the event, but to also get everybody involved in some of our own experiments that will challenge people to consider the ways that numbers and patterns influenced mining.”

Tickets to watch the live stream of the lectures at the Museum will be free of charge, with the screening on the 12th December aimed at secondary schools and the screening on the 14th for members of the public and families.

Further information

Tickets for the screening can be booked by ringing 01924 848806.

For further information, images and interviews please contact Anita O’Donovan or Lauren Wood at the National Coal Mining Museum for England on 01924 844566 or email and

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Images by Paul Wilkinson Photography.  

Images used in this press release can be downloaded here.

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