Lunar Tricks - Dundee and the Moon Hoax

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


The 1835 Moon Hoax was perhaps the greatest ‘fake news’ story of the 19th century. A New York newspaper published a series of articles purporting to reveal the truth about life on the moon. Allegedly reprinted from an Edinburgh publication, they were intended in part as a satirical parody of the work of a Dundee astronomer, Rev Thomas Dick.

This event explores the history of the hoax and its inspiration and acts as a virtual opening for a new art and design exhibition called Moon Beams. The event features a series of short presentations:

• Museum curator Matthew Jarron provides a virtual tour of the exhibition
• Local astronomer Brian Kelly discusses the significance of Thomas Dick and the astronomy of his time
• Dr Keith Williams of the School of Humanities tells us about the Moon Hoax and its perpetrator
• Graphic Design and Illustration tutors Dave Wood, Helena Gregory and Mick Peter show some of the results of a series of student projects at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design inspired by the Moon Hoax
• and Dr Daniel Cook of the School of Humanities previews some of the other exciting lunar-themed events in the Being Human Festival
Period13 Nov 2020
Event titleLunar Tricks - Dundee and the Moon Hoax
Event typeOther
LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map