Crafting communications tools

Children making telescopes out of cardboard
This October half-term, get creative and construct your own signalling device. Learn how soldiers send and decipher secret signals with telescopes and heliographs.

Soldiers need to be able to communicate across vast spaces and in unpredictable situations. Heliographs use a mirror to send signals in the form of Morse code. In clear weather conditions, these signals could be seen from miles away using a telescope. 

In this workshop, you can make your very own telescope or heliograph and practise sending and interpreting messages in Morse code. You can even take it home afterwards to continue the fun! 

Sessions start at 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. 

Collect a free ticket from the Welcome Desk.

Recommended for ages 6 and over. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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