The Art of Innovation: BBC and Science Museum join forces 8 May 2019

The BBC and Science Museum Group are collaborating on a public programme exploring the relationship of art and science over the past 250 years. ‘The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter’ will include an exhibition opening on 25th September and a 20-part major BBC Radio 4 series, presented by SMG Director Sir Ian Blatchford and Head of Collections Dr Tilly Blyth. The radio series, which airs from 16th September, will be recorded in part on location at historic sites with relevant collections: beginning with a look at Joseph Wright’s 1766 painting ‘A Philosopher Giving A Lecture On The Orrery’ at Derby Museums and later visiting Ironbridge Gorge and Paddington Station. Ian Blatchford said “this bold project with the BBC is a timely exploration of the ways that artists and scientists have been driven by curiosity to make sense of what they see around them.BBC Media Centre