The year 2015 is the International Year of Light and the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the greatest scientific papers all time – the paper in which James Clerk Maxwell showed that light consists of electromagnetic waves. Maxwell’s work is the basis for all our telecommunications of today. His paper predicted the existence of radio waves, which were found eight years after his death by Heinrich Hertz in Germany. 2016 will be the Year of Innovation.


As part of the  Bringing Maxwell Home project  Wigtown Festival Company commissioned Ayrshire filmmaker Kenny Caldwell of ‘Being There Productions’ and Rab Wilson, a Scots poet, the first James Hogg writer-in-residence in the Scottish Borders and a previous Dumfries and Galloway writer in residence to create a short film. ‘A Sense of Wonder’ celebrates place and people – focusing on James Clerk Maxwell, his poetry, his creative genius as a mathematician and scientist and his love of Galloway.


The film was made with the kind support of The David Summers Trust, The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and the University of Glasgow. We are also grateful for the open hearted participation of the Parton Community, Captain Ferguson and his family.


The Youtube link for the film  A Sense of Wonder can be found here:


Glenlair House, near Corsock in Dumfries & Galloway, is famous as the home of James Clerk Maxwell. Born in Edinburgh in 1831, Professor Clerk Maxwell moved with his father John to Glenlair soon afterwards and lived there until his death on November 5, 1879. The house was largely destroyed by fire in 1929, although the oldest part designed by Walter Newall was completely renovated in 1993 by the present owner Captain Duncan Ferguson.


"Meeting Maxwell - the man who changed the world" is a partnership between Glasgow Science Festival and Real Science, aimed at raising awareness of the life and work of Scottish scientist and poet James Clerk Maxwell.


The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation