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Bill Bailey, the psychology of great wildlife gardeners and a stuffed penguin returned from Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition provide the scientific highlights this month.
BBC Stargazing Live, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, York, January 10Toy with a bank of telescopes set up by York Astronomical Society in the York Observatory – the oldest working observatory in the world, which also opens on January 8 and 9 as part of the Beeb’s hugely popular campaign – and hear about the history of the building alongside projections of space onto the Multangular Tower. Timed tickets required - visit yorkobservatory.eventbrite.co.uk to book.
Amazing Plants, Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, from January 12Discover Leicestershire’s exotic collection of botanical materials and find out more about the often-symbiotic hold people and plants have on each other in the opening show of the year at the museum dedicated to some of the people who have looked after them across the centuries.
The Healthy Season, Science Oxford Live, Oxford, from January 5Kicking off a three-month campaign at Science Oxford, this month sees a Café Scientifique debate on eggs, sperm and embryos. There are also talks on the psychology and sociology of great wildlife gardeners, evidence that our susceptibility to disease is all in our genes and insights into mental health practice.
Wallace100, Natural History Museum, London, from January 24A year of trails, talks and lectures and discoveries on Alfred Russel Wallace, the pioneering naturalist of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Comedian Bill Bailey launches the season by unveiling a portrait of Wallace – see our Preview.