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
This post is guest written by Medhavi Kakkar, Public Engagement Intern at Life.
Imagine a dinosaur, any dinosaur. Yes, even Barney the dinosaur. Does the one you’ve imagined have a long tail?
Have you ever wondered what these tails were used for? Were they used for grasping objects like monkey tails?… 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
Our Science Club members had a blast on their summer field trip to Whitby hunting for fossils. Don’t worry if you missed out on all the fun, here’s our handy guide to fossil hunting.
While we do everything we can to keep things moving, please be prepared to queue for certain activities and on arrival.
Science Centre opening times
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm (recommended last entry 4.00pm)
Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm (recommended last entry 4.00pm)
You can book tickets online, or buy them on the door.… Read more
We all know what you get when young children mix paint: every possible shade of… brown. I don’t really understand brown – one of the most common colours on earth, and I can’t quite work it out.
Colours of paint absorb some colours of light and reflect others. White light is made up of a whole spectrum of colours, the result of different lengths of light waves.… Read more