Night at the Science Museum

Shackleton's Man Goes South, logotype installationI went behind the scenes at an otherwise deserted Science Museum last night, for the get-in of my display in the Atmosphere Gallery. By the time I left, the specially commissioned display case was almost finished, and Jake Tilson’s amazing logotype had been installed on a newly black-clad wall. Finishes will be happening today, before the various objects and papers, and their labels, go into the case ready for the opening tomorrow evening — which coincides with a climate science-themed Science Museum Lates.

I can’t wait for the temporary hoardings to come down, so that I can share this with everyone. This is the culmination of a few year’s work, so I’m really looking forward to hearing what people think.

On Wednesday evening I’ll be talking about the novel with chair Siân Ede, novelist Simon Ings and climate change adaptation expert Dr Emma Tompkins. I’ll post the invite later, although I understand that RSVPs have now had to close as the response has been — in the words of the museum — ‘overwhelming’, which is a good sign.

The exhibition is up for a year, so there is plenty of time to see it, though if you want to get hold of the book you might need to move more quickly. A limited print edition of the novel will be on sale exclusively from the Science Museum shop, while DRM-free ebooks compatible with all/most current devices will be available on the Museum website from 24 April until 24 July.

For the next year, until 24 April 2014, visitors to the Atmosphere Gallery will be able to email themselves a free and DRM-free copy of the ebook from a dedicated touch-screen that is part of the display.