London’s Science Museum is a treasure trove of wondrous technological artifacts such as Stephenson’s Rocket and Apollo 10. But are its glory days numbered in the new era of quantum mechanics, genomics and particle physics? What exhibition could do justice to these abstruse fields of science?

This week’s podcast is a repeat of a special first published in 2012. Guardian Science Correspondent Ian Sample meets Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, London, to discuss the role of science museums in promoting public understanding and appreciation of scientific innovations – old and new. The museum isn’t just about inspiring kids, Blatchford insists. He wants adults to join the conversation about science, too.

We join them for an exclusive tour of some of the museum’s star attractions.

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Director of the Science Museum in London, Ian Blatchford. Photography: Science Museum

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