Category Archives: Behind the scenes
How was your half-term break?
Here at Life, we had thousands of visitors from all over the country. Throughout the week, we were challenged with lots of great questions by curious visitors! Why is the sky blue? Are teeth the same as bones? Where are the toilets?
Here are two questions that left me completely stumped.… Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.… Read more
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.
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
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