Science Gallery London is a cultural destination designed to connect art, science and health in one space. This new “museum” is at the Guy’s campus of King’s College London at London Bridge and is free to enter. As well as the exhibitions, there is a shop and a cafe.
We stumbled across it as we were leaving London Bridge station so dropped in to see what it contained.
It is not a conventional museum, but rather a collection of exhibitions, events, performances, workshops, debates and festivals. The gallery does not have a permanent collection but offers themed seasons, focusing on issues of global significance. The first season tackles addiction and recovery.
The goal is to attract over 300,000 visitors a year, especially 15 to 25 year olds.
Professor Ed Byrne, President & Principal of King’s College London, is quoted as saying: “Science Gallery London will open new ways into King’s, inviting our local communities and visitors from around the world to come into the university to connect with, explore and contribute to the generation of new knowledge”.
Extract from the international.sciencegallery.com
The launch season HOOKED: WHEN WANT BECOMES NEED explores the complex world of addiction and recovery. From gambling to gaming and smartphones to social media, HOOKED will question what makes us vulnerable to addiction and examine underlying factors and routes to recovery. The exhibition invites visitors to explore the latest research and thinking on the subject as well as question their own ideas about the scientific and cultural aspects of this much-debated topic.
A chance to play with the latest technologies and discover science at The Royal Institution
This “adults-only” event allowed us to explore aspects of touch. Until this event I had not heard of Haptic technologies. Haptic comes from the Greek “haptesthai,” meaning to touch. Scientists have been studying haptics for decades. They know what kind of receptors are in the skin and how nerves shuttle information back and forth between the central nervous system and the point of contact. Now haptic technologies are recreating the sense of touch and have revolutionised everything from robotics to medical training.
A team of psychologists from University College London were on hand with experiments exploring touch. The evening included talks and activities from neuroscience and perception to virtual reality.
Hiroyuki Kajimoto showed how whole-body haptics enrich reality, affect the feeling of presence and emotion, and induce feelings related to motion.
Then consultant neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan took us on a journey through the world of psychosomatic illness.