The Museum of Welsh Life, the National Coalmining Museum and the Scottish Maritime Museum were among the many museums around the country contacted by the Hilderstone Radio Club during the International Museums weekend. We were based at the White Mill windmill in Sandwich which has a heritage museum. The windmill was built in 1760 and still has most of its original wooden machinery including the wooden teeth in the gear wheels. It is a fascinating place to visit.
At the club meeting John Hislop gave a talk on the FUNcube satellite project which is designed to motivate children in science and space. Pupils can download data from the satellite and analyse the readings of temperature and voltage in their lessons. It is hoped that children will have a better understanding of the harsh environment in which Tim Peake, our first official British astronaut, will find himself next year on his 2015 mission to the International Space Station.