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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Lifelong Learners Week

NEW for 2017!

September 11th - 15th

Are you looking for something a bit different to learn about but dont want to commit to a full course? Then this may be your opportunity to try something new. You are never too old to learn and we are actively encouraging a more senior audience to participate in our talks/workshops throughout the week.

The different topics will have different elements to them and may even include practical activities. It is anticipated that each session will be about 1 hour long and there will be 2 sessions per day one at 11am and one at 2pm.
Programme

Monday 11th September: 'Production systems… for every day and everyone!'

With Phil Edwards from Weald Technology. 

Learn, and practice, the secrets of how companies continually “do more with less effort”.  Systems thinking is a fascinating way to look at the world, and applicable in EVERY sphere of life.

Business is constantly under pressure to deliver a wider range of products and services, with quicker delivery times… how do they manage that whilst under increasing cost pressure?

The answer lies in their systems. Manufacturers have spent years striving for quicker, simpler, more reliable, and more repeatable processes and their experience is now used in leisure, retail, and healthcare. So, what do they do? And how can it help you?

Whether writing your Christmas cards, doing the laundry, or knowing how much bread you’ve got in the cupboard, there are lessons you can take away to make these jobs easier and quicker. We’ll do exercises with Lego, envelopes and stamps, and a simple production line, and we’ll discuss coffee shops, clothing, and Argos, to see how they reduce cost and speed up delivery.

You’ll never look at a queue the same way again.

Tuesday 12th September: '3D Printing'

With Stephen Britt

3D Printing
Join Stephen and learn all about 3D printing; how to create models, how to print, what to consider when buying a 3D printer and the future of 3D printing. You will also have the opportunity to see £D printing in action! 

Wednesday 13th September: 'Copper Smithing'

With Siân Evans.

The famous green domes of the Observatory Science Centre are a distinct Sussex landmark, but do you know why were they made of copper?

Come along and meet our very own coppersmith Siân Evans. Find out about what copper is, how it is traditionally worked and about Siân’s own travels to India as a Churchill Fellow, to learn the origins of her beloved craft.

Thursday 14th September: 'The History of the Royal Greenwich Observatory at Herstmonceux'

With Barry Howse

This world famous scientific institution was founded in 1675 by Charles II and throughout its 323-year history made significant contributions to navigation, the measurement of time and not least, our understanding of the Universe. Why did it relocate from Greenwich to Herstmonceux and what problems were encountered with the move? Who were the people employed here and what work did they undertake? What is the significance of the large silver dome that has been a feature of the local landscape for the last fifty years? These and many other questions will be answered during an informative talk about a time that for many was considered to be a golden age for British astronomy. There will also be a chance to view rare archive photos and items from the RGO years at Herstmonceux.

Friday 15th September: 'Production systems… for every day and everyone!'

With Phil Edwards from Weald Technology.

Learn, and practice, the secrets of how companies continually “do more with less effort”.  Systems thinking is a fascinating way to look at the world, and applicable in EVERY sphere of life.

Business is constantly under pressure to deliver a wider range of products and services, with quicker delivery times… how do they manage that whilst under increasing cost pressure?

The answer lies in their systems. Manufacturers have spent years striving for quicker, simpler, more reliable, and more repeatable processes and their experience is now used in leisure, retail, and healthcare. So, what do they do? And how can it help you?

Whether writing your Christmas cards, doing the laundry, or knowing how much bread you’ve got in the cupboard, there are lessons you can take away to make these jobs easier and quicker. We’ll do exercises with Lego, envelopes and stamps, and a simple production line, and we’ll discuss coffee shops, clothing, and Argos, to see how they reduce cost and speed up delivery.

You’ll never look at a queue the same way again.