Category Archives: Behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes at Life. Read about up coming exhibitions and interviews with the people that make the ideas come to life!

Kaleidoscope: the science behind the demos

Our latest Science Theatre show, Kaleidoscope, is a little bit different. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know that it is about observing the world closely and inspiring curiosity. We’ve packed it full of beautiful demonstrations, but might not have had time to answer all of your questions. This might be why you’re here!Read more

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The problem with paper

Ask the staff on our exhibition for how we could help improve our impact on the environment and you always get one answer: “argh, paper!” We give out programmes to visitors, we print out colouring in sheets, we print notes out for meetings, we put on activities that use paper.

The problem is that no one values a piece of paper.… Read more

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Recycle, recycle…

The story at Life Science Centre is one littered (literally) with recycling success stories. Cardboard boxes are great. You receive your parcel in one, then you take off the useful bits to make it into a cardboard dinosaur in the Making Space, then you throw what’s left into a crate in the loading bay.Read more

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Light, bright and environmentally right

Ever been to Life Science Centre on a warm summer’s day? The western half of the building acts very much like a greenhouse. There’s a good reason for that – the building was designed so that plants could be grown in that part of the building, under enormous flexible plastic skylights.Read more

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The mysterious night-time water thief

One day, Life’s Head of Property was looking at how much water the Science Centre uses, when he noticed something odd. Life was using dozens of litres of water overnight.

There’s hardly anybody here overnight, and they don’t drink that much coffee. Was there a leak? Was someone leaving the tap running?… Read more

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Seeing Life in a new light

Like any building this size with hundreds of people entering it every day, Life Science Centre gets through a lot of energy. One thing that all of our exhibitions, labs and other spaces need is light. Which means a key way to reduce our energy consumption is to make our lighting more efficient (or to do everything in the dark, but apparently that doesn’t make for a great visitor experience, or safety record).Read more

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Building St. James’ Park – in LEGO®

This post was guest authored by Steve Mayes, a North Shields-based architectural photographer by trade and a LEGO® fanatic in his spare time. Steve’s LEGO® exhibition, North East LEGO® Landmarks, is at Life until 14 May 2017.

“What’s your starting point?” That’s the question I often get asked about my builds.
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Life’s NEW Brain Zone

This post is guest written by Gemma Havelock, one of Life’s Exhibit Developers, who has spent recent months working on the new Brain Zone, which opens on 25 March 2016.

Brain Zone: Work In Progress

Brain Zone: Work in Progress

I started working on the Brain Zone in September 2015 (it was originally called Mind Lab back then) and lots of research had already been completed by one of my colleagues, Bethan.… Read more

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2016

This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2016. An apprenticeship can take you anywhere! Young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships.  All week, we’ve been introducing members of staff who are either apprentices or have worked their way up having started as an apprentice with us.… Read more

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2016

We’ve been celebrating our apprentices this week as its National Apprenticeship Week 2016. Today, we meet Courtney, our youngest apprentice who joined us straight from school in 2015.

60 second interview with: Courtney Fisk, HR Apprentice, Life.

Courtney Frisk

Courtney Fisk

1. Describe your current role:

I am a HR Business Apprentice. The main purpose of my role is to provide administrative support to the HR team which could be answering the telephone, dealing with recruitment, replying to emails, scanning and photocopying.… Read more

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