the 360 virtual adventure...
Explore the lighthouse by clicking in the box above
Click on the + signs to discover things.
Click again to close them.
Click and drag to move around the space.
As you move you’ll trigger sounds and you can build your own
soundscapes. You can move anywhere as it’s in 360.
So explore the earth and skies!
Click on the doorways to move to new spaces.
You can go full-screen by clicking on the icon in the bottom right corner
and it will take you to a new tab. You can also mute the sound
with the volume icon.
You can stop or pause your journey by clicking
on the Exit experience button in the bottom left corner.
Make sure your sound is on and ideally you're wearing headphones.
Be sure to scroll down the rest of the website to discover more when you finish.
Be patient, as things take time to load (especially with poor internet connection)- better than the 1800s though.
Unfortunately our 360 lighthouse tour doesn't work on mobile,
so have a peak on the computer when you get a chance!
look to the earth
The earth surface tells us loads of things- it's really like a book.
Not only does it tell us about the past, but about what might happen in the future.
So it's super important to read it!
I guess you met Mary?
Mary Anning was a fossil collector who lived on the Jurassic Coast in the South of England back in the early 1800s. The Jurassic Coast is famous for its abundance of fossils and interesting landforms. She would have probably been a fan of rock music had she been born much later...
This is a painting of Mary (with her bad-ass bonnet) and best friend 'Tray' from the mid-1800s, along with some really cool sketches she did of belemnites
(ancient pointy sea creatures).
Click on the play button to
listen to Mary ....
look to the skies
What the history books don't tell you:
that astronomers probably have really creaky necks.
Imagine looking up at the sky all night! They also possibly don't sleep very much (however, you can also observe stars through powerful telescopes in the day time).
Although of course, astronomy is not all about looking up.
It's a lot of maths, a lot of thinking and probably a lot of coffee.
Williamina Fleming was one such creaky-necked, coffee-drinking scientist. Originally from Scotland, she catalogued thousands of stars and discovered many amazing objects in the sky (can you remember the name of any from the tour?).
You can see some of her stellar spectra (star photos) below: pictures that show the amount of light stars give off. Here's a photo of her also, being a bit of a star, in charge of an all-women team of 'human computers'. They happen to be looking down in this photo!
Click on the play button to
listen to Williamina ....
What Williamina looked for in the sky, Mary looked for in the earth:
lines, patterns, traces, peculiarities, clues.
And although Mary was much physically closer to her rocks than Williamina to her nebulae,
the answers to her questions were still far back in time, beyond her grasp.
Both the earth and the sky are mirrors that reflect what we as humans do to our planet. Our environment sends us signals, warnings of what might happen in the future. By examining them we can see how the world is changing, but also the impact we are having on it. It's no good continuing to live in the way we are now:
we are polluting, damaging and destroying the world at such a rate that it is having irreversible effects...
It's important that we listen to science, and it's vital that we listen to nature.
and there are many more...
Do you know these other amazing scientists? Hover over them to bring them to life and click on the music note to hear them sparkle.
Shirley Ann Jackson
Conducted breakthrough research with subatomic particles that enabled the invention of fax and fibre optics.
Joan Beauchamp Procter
A zoologist and herpetologist (researcher of amphibians and reptiles)
Hungarian scientist who created the first 100% solar powered house in 1948
Experimental physicist who made huge contributions to science
Maria Ogilvie Gordon
A Scottish geologist, paleontologist,
Mae C. Jemison
American engineer and astronaut- and the first black woman to travel in space
One of the first computer programmers who made the first algorithm- in the 1800s!
Noted for her work in mapping dark matter and dark energy in space
Laid out the theory of radioactivity and was the first woman to win a
Created the ability to isolate blood stem cells in 1991
Volcanologist specialising in volcanoes of North Korea
American psychologist known for her research on children's visual systems
The Lighthouse at Cromarty which you've explored is in fact a research centre for Marine Biologists.
Another exciting fact: the team is almost entirely made up of women. You can hear some of these scientists talking about their research in the stairwell of the 360 tour. You can also read all about their research here.
glossary ( a place for unfamiliar words)
meander = when something curves or bends but in quite a natural way
carbon = a colourless and odourless element found in many many things. All living things contain carbon!
immersive = whens something fully surrounds you, you feel like youʼre inside it
nebulae = clouds of dust and gas in space
bonnet = a peculiar hat which can be tied under the chin, very popular in the past (although it may come back in fashion, you never know)
particles = particles are tiny pieces that make up EVERYTHING in the universe.
radioactivity = when very small particles in objects emit energy or smaller particles.
dark matter = found in space and made up of particles that do not absorb, reflect, or emit light (basically dark!) so they cannot be detected easily. We know Dark matter exists because of the effect it has on other space objects that we can observe directly.
soundscape = layers of sound which playfully interact with each other
algorithm = a set of instructions that help to perform tasks or functions
geology = the study of solid earth, rocks and how they change over time through different processes (e.g earthquakes, volcanic eruptions etc)
anatomy = the study of the body (inside and outside)
bathing Machines = tiny sheds on wheels where people could change into their swimming costumes and be rolled out into the sea to swim in privacy! Popular for beach bums of the 1700s and 1800s.
constellation = a group of stars that make a pattern in the sky
fault lines = large cracks and fractures in the earth (often the site of earthquakes)
neural Pathways = passages in our body which allow communication
resources = more fun things you can do
For young people in the Highlands...
Hugh Miller Birthplace Museum, Cromarty (for fossils and local geology)
You can also go and visit this lighthouse at Cromarty, Black Isle!