Are public workshops more important than public libraries?

RSA Event


National Galleries of Scotland

  • Making
  • Communities
  • Arts and society

In the annual Angus Millar Lecture at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, material scientist Mark Miodownik argues that where libraries solved a need of 19th century, the requirements of the 21st century have pushed ‘makespaces’ and ‘hackspaces’ above them in necessity.


Professor Mark Miodownik, world leader in the field of material science, inaugural member of the Times Top 100 Influential Scientists, broadcaster and author will be delivering the 2013 RSA Scotland Angus Millar lecture, which will be taking place in Edinburgh on the 10th October.  Professor Miodownik, who holds the Chair in Materials and Society at UCL , is Director of the Institute of Making, is scientist in residence on the Dara O’Briain Science Club and delivered the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas lectures.

Professor Miodownik’s lecture follows on from his recent article in Wired magazine, and explores the current growth in interest in making and the implications which it could have for society.

He poses the challenge that whilst libraries solved a need of 19th century, the requirements of the 21st century have pushed ‘makespaces’ and ‘hackspaces’ above them in necessity. 

This is a free event, and will be in the Hawthornden lecture theatre of the National Galleries of Scotland, in the centre of Edinburgh.  Tea and coffee will be available from 5.30pm, with the lecture itself starting at 6.30pm.  Full details are available on the dedicated booking page, but if you have any questions, please contact Jamie Cooke.



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