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Join us for Festival Of Science & Curiosity

Date: Saturday 10th February 2024

Time: 11 am – 4 pm (last entry 3.30 pm)

FREE ENTRY to Wollaton Hall to see the Natural History Museum, plus science themed demonstrations in the Great Hall and talks in the Education room.

Talks in the Education room have a limited capacity.

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Drop in available on the day on a first come first served basis.

 

  • Free access to all the stalls in the Great Hall 11-4 pm, including Sensing the Brain with no need to book!

  • Science Stalls and Interactive Activities in the Great Hall

  • Small Things Matter meet Dr Willard Wigan in the Salon

  • Interactive presentations from scientists in the Education Room

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The Festival Of Science & Curiosity is open to all though designed especially for adults & children over 10 years old.

Parking charges apply. Plan your visit and check out our accessibility page.

Science stalls and interactive activities

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Accessible sessions for the Miniature Masterpieces exhibition

We are running accessible sessions (fully booked) for visitors to meet Willard Wigan and hear about some of his sculptures, as part of ‘Small Things Matter – Miniature Masterpieces’ for visitors who have difficulty viewing the sculptures in the microscopes in the main exhibition.

There will be accessible microscopes and audio descriptions with which to access Willard’s amazing sculptures in a quieter atmosphere.

Everyone is welcome to the afternoon drop-in session in the Salon from 2.30-4 pm. Priority will be given to disabled/neurodiverse visitors

Location: The Salon in the Hall

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Sensing the Brain

An installation using quantum centres to show the electrical activity in the brain. This installation is an observation only piece to see the brain.

Science Stalls

  • Specimens and Cyanotypes Mo Langmuir, Multi-disciplinary Artist: Make your own cyanotypes with our real feathers, dried plants, and butterfly, moth and beetle specimens.
  • The Magic of Muscle for a Happy and Healthy Life with Jake Cox PhD student, from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham Optimising nutrition and exercise interventions to maintain muscle mass in older people
  • Meet Mary Anning, Victorian Palaeontologist, in our Changing Planet Gallery!
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Ancient DNA extraction and DNA extraction from strawberries

With Petter Hamilton-Stanley and Professor Rob Lane from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham

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Louise Hamilton-Stanley: The Urban Nature Project Food web activity with specimens and equipment from Wollaton Hall, Learning and Engagement Team, Nottingham City Museums.

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The Magic of Muscle for a Happy and Healthy Life

Jake Cox, PhD student at the University of Nottingham, will be demonstrating how blood is sampled and how muscle samples are collected and processed. You can also identify amino acids and try out physical function tests.

Where: Education Room

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Ulfat El-Hosny (Elle) is a second year PhD student under the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on addressing the demand for effective antibacterial therapies that are endangered by resistance by formulating nano-based lipid vesicles to overcome pharmacological barriers.  By encapsulating antibiotics and modifying the liposomal surface to target certain bacteria we can increase their efficacy and potentially overcome resistance.

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Specimens and Cyanotypes Mo Langmuir,

Multi-disciplinary Artist: Make your own cyanotypes with our real feathers, dried plants, and butterfly, moth and beetle specimens.

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Evolutionary Convergence

with Tom Hartman, Programme Chair of the Masters in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham  ‘When different sorts of animals or plants start to look like each other and yet come from very different ancestors this is called convergence. Tom will show us some of the amazing convergent episodes in the history of life’

Where: Education Room

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The Secret Lives of Urban Mammals 

with Professor Dawn Scott, Executive Dean. School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences (ARES), Nottingham Trent University

Where: Education Room

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Chloe Oliver: Ichthyosaurs

Chloe is a Palaeontologist who mostly works on Ichthyosaurs, and volunteers at Wollaton hall helping maintain the collections. Fascinated by fossils and dinosaurs from a young age, she has spent her years pursuing Palaeontology and completed her master’s degree at the University of Portsmouth. She is currently working on an Ichthyosaur skeleton donated to Nottingham Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall, and enjoys being hands on with her research, which you will get a chance to do yourselves during her presentation.

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Dr Louise Gentle: Animal Superpowers/Owl Pellet Dissection 

Louise is a Principal Lecturer in Conservation at Nottingham Trent University. She undertakes research on why animals behave in certain ways and has a particular interest in birds. Louise is also a science communicator and has around 3 million views for the articles she writes for The Conversation. Her presentation on animal superpowers covers part of a book chapter that she helped to write during Manchester Science Festival. You can also join Louise during the day to have a rummage around in some owl pellets to look at the bones of prey that have been eaten by barn owls.

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   Festival of Science and Curiosity Interactive Talks in the Education Room, meet in the Great Hall or for ramp access the West Door. 

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Limited of 40 individuals per session due to room size

  • The Secret Lives of Urban Mammals with Professor Dawn Scott, Executive Dean. School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences (ARES), Nottingham Trent University.
  • The Magic of Muscle for a Happy and Healthy Life with Jake Cox from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham.
  • Evolutionary Convergence with Tom Hartman, Programme Chair of the Masters in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham  ‘When different sorts of animals or plants start to look like each other and yet come from very different ancestors this is called convergence. Tom will show us some of the amazing convergent episodes in the history of life’.
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