Category Archives: Curiosity Zone

Science is not just about facts and knowledge, it is about asking questions about the world, testing your ideas, comparing things, talking to others about what you’ve found and having new ideas based on your discoveries. Want to know more about our Curiosity Zone? Read on!

The Box

We have a gallery called Curiosity, and once you’ve been here for a while you start to think that all of the curiosity and exploration of the exhibits comes from the visitors. Everyone that works here has seen it so many times before that there is nothing new for us in it.… Read more

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Curiosity, contraptions and chain reactions.

If you paid us a visit this spring half term then you will probably have noticed ‘possibly the largest poop a scoop in the world’ Chain Reaction is back. This time you get the chance to see the set up as well, and that it doesn’t always go to plan! This is ok though because a Heath Robinson style machine is defined by requiring a bit of tinkering to get it going.… Read more

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Goodbye Our World

Getting emotionally attached to an exhibit may sound a bit ridiculous but I think it’s fair to say that there were certain parts of ‘Our World’ that I had a fondness for. After two and a half years I’ve built up my fair share of memories, become a champion lizard dancer and horrified more than a couple children with tales of thirsty Australians drinking water squeezed from frogs.… Read more

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Treasured memories

Its really strange how a conversation, a simple task or an experience you have can trigger memories that seem to be unlocked from your past.  Whilst having a go at coin rubbing for our new trolley ‘ Cabinet of Curiosities’ I felt this happen. All of the memories came flooding back to me of how much I used to enjoy rubbing tree bark, leaves, fossils, pretty much anything I could get my hands on.… Read more

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Fossil Fun

Sometimes the most amazing things in an exhibition are the small details that most people don’t notice. In our new curiosity exhibition the giant magnetic sculptures and sand tables are rather awesome but everyone loves them. It’s the often overlooked tracing table that steals my heart.

I don’t hold it in such high regard because I have a secret love affair with drawing (even though I do) and it’s surprisingly nothing to do with the really cool light box you display your tracings on.… Read more

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Easter Eggs in May

One of the joys of spending time in any exhibition is noticing the hidden details that sometimes go unnoticed. You just never know what you might find if you try that drawer or look a little closer!  Our new exhibition Curiosity should be full of these and I can’t wait to explore and see what I can find.… Read more

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September!

Blimey, how time flies and all. The busy Doctor-Who-filled summer holidays are almost behind us and it is time to welcome the new Academic year. And what a year we have planned. Along with the jam-packed Education programme, we have plenty of exciting new things in the pipeline:

Next week, Philip Wilkinson, our new Exhibitions manager joins us.… Read more

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