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'Tomorrow' - Swindon's Science Festival

Date: 21st February 2020 - 22nd February 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

21 & 22 February

STEAM

 

"TOMORROW" - Swindon's Science Festival

A two-day festival of science and engineering surrounded by Brunel’s engineering in Swindon, the hub of UK science and innovation.

Scientists and engineers will exchange knowledge and ideas with the public.

Partners from industry, government and academia will reveal the latest innovations for today and tomorrow...

The event takes place in STEAM's characteristic Great Western Hall, Hawksworth Hall and Sir Daniel Gooch Theatre.

 

Science Festival Admission

Admission to Tomorrow is FREE. Advance tickets to the event are now sold out. A number of free entry tickets may be available on the door, subject to availability. Any remaining tickets to talks and shows will also be available to book when you arrive.

No trip to STEAM is complete without visiting our incredible story-telling displays, iconic locomotives and special exhibitions. Why not also purchase a ticket to the Museum?

 

Talks and Shows

Friday, 21 February

11:00 - 12:00: BBC Science journalist, Roland Pease: Dude, where's my hovercar? What's the future of transport? 

Swindon was built on the railways, and the car makers soon followed.  But what's next for Swindon and the world. Join BBC Science in Action presenter, Roland Pease, and a panel of invited guests from government and industry to explore the future of travel.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 11+

 

12:30 - 13:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

13:30 - 14:15, UK Space Agency: UK goes to the Moon!

The UK is heading back to the Moon! We are living in an exciting, once in a generation time when the direction of space exploration is shifting gears. The world space agencies are building spacecraft that will send humans out beyond the confines of Low Earth Orbit for the first time since the end of the Apollo lunar missions in 1972 and have plans for much more. The UK, through our membership of the European Space Agency, will be a part of these exciting missions, but it is not the first time that we have sent missions to the Moon.

Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency’s Human Exploration Programme Manager, shared the amazing details of our lunar story - past achievements, current activities and the plans for the next decades.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

14:30 - 15:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

Saturday, 22 February

10:30 - 11:20, Matthew Tosh: Fireworks - Real Science or Just Bangs?

Explore the colourful and explosive world of pyrotechnics as Matthew deconstructs the science and engineering behind firework displays. Matthew Tosh has taken the live science show world by storm with his shows and performances about fireworks and stage effects. He’ll reveal how to create colours, different sound effects, shock waves and perfectly timed bursts in time to music. Featuring shock waves, forces, energy pathways, electricity, flames, sparks, smoke effects and real indoor fireworks, this is an exciting and dramatic show that will guarantee to have you on the edge of their seats.

Adult £4 | Child £2 - Suitable for all ages

 

11:30 - 12:15, Mark Miles (CEO, Render): Re-imagining the World  - Creating the future with VR and immersive technology

Blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds, immersive technology offers the ultimate engagement platform for the experience age and can solve real challenges facing business and society, along with transforming gaming and entertainment. Immersive innovation is increasingly recognised as a powerful solution to a range of 21st century challenges.

“The beauty of VR is that it transcends borders and physical spaces, delivering virtual experiences where people all over the world can be in the same room at once, visualising and shaping everything, working together in a virtual space.” – Mark Miles, CEO Render.

Mark brings his real-world expertise and experience to showcase the very latest applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, and will challenge the audience to imagine what immersive technologies might mean for how we will create our future.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

12:30 - 13:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

13:30 - 14:15, Brian Clegg: How to build a Time Machine

Time travel makes for wonderful science fiction, but in this talk, we take a trip with popular science writer Brian Clegg into the real world of time machines. Surprisingly, there is nothing in the laws of physics that prevents us from travelling through time. In fact, time travel is a natural consequence of relativity - though the reality is very different from the time machines of fiction. There is no other topic that captures the imagination so dramatically. From an exploration of the nature of time and why time travellers’ conventions don’t get many attendees to the revelation of our best time machine that has already been built, this talk shatters our illusions on the reality of time travel.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 11+

 

14:30 - 15:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

How to Find Us

Please click here for directions to STEAM. 

Please note, there is strictly NO FREE CAR PARKING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 

Car parking is available in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks

For full car parking details, please click here.

Cost: FREE Entry

Meet the Railway Workers

Date: 22nd February 2020 - 12th December 2020

Every fortnight

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

22 February

STEAM

Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum.

They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives:

Climb aboard No. 3717 City of Truro, No. 6000 King George V and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle. Plus, see the footplate of No. 2818!

You'll get to find out how the controls worked on these great engines.

Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works.

Our volunteers are happy to help with any questions you may have about the GWR locomotives and artefacts we have on display at STEAM. 

This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. Purchase online tickets here, or pay on the day.

Look out for our occasional Saturday tours of the Museum too!  
 
We look forward to welcoming you soon! 

Dates and Times: 

2020

February 22

March 7, 21

April 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30

June 13, 27

July 11, 25

August 8, 22

September 5, 19

October 3, 17, 31

November 14

December 12

Find out what inspires our terrific 'Meet the Railway Workers' volunteers by visiting our 'Meet the Railway Workers' Blog

Cost: Included with admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Puzzle Creature

Date: 28th February 2020

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

28 February

STEAM

STEAM

Puzzle Creature is a multi-disciplinary dance work by Neon Dance that asks us to forget our mundane everyday and immerse ourselves in the magic of movement. Having sold out when presented at Swindon Dance in Autumn 2018, the production will return to Swindon this time taking over STEAM Museum on the 28th February 2020. Guaranteed to be a transformative experience, don't miss your chance to catch Puzzle Creature live.

Inspired by the death-eluding architecture designs of Arakwara and Madeline Gins, director Adrienne Hart has collaborated with three exceptional dance artists to create an immersive dance experience.

Located within the Museum’s Caerphilly Castle Hall, step inside an inflatable set design and allow yourself to be transfixed by performers dressed in wearable artefacts created by artist Ana Rajcevic as they transport you through choreographed action. Accompanied by a newly commissioned score for eight speakers by composer Sebastian Reynolds, this unique performance combines British and Japanese Sign Language and audio description alongside Reynolds’ evocative score.

Guaranteed to be a transformative experience, join us for Puzzle Creature and enter a space where there is no barrier between the artist and the audience.

Tickets

Adult: £14

Child (3 - 15yrs): £12

Senior (65+yrs): £12

Student (Valid ID Required): £12

Groups of 15 people or more receive a 10% discount - please select the Group Ticket on the online booking page.

STEAM

Parking

Please note that all visitors should park in the Swindon Designer Outlet North Car Park on Kemble Drive.

Free parking is available for Puzzle Creatures ticket holders - you just need to present your car parking ticket to STEAM Reception.

Please also be aware that STEAM does not accept liability for vehicles parked in these car parks.

There is FREE car parking available at the front of the Museum for STEAM visitors who display a valid Blue Badge. Please note, STEAM cannot accept liability for vehicles parked in front of the Museum.

What time do you open the doors?

The Museum Foyer doors open at 6pm an hour and a half before the performance start time of 7.30pm. The Museum’s café will be open for drinks and light snacks before the performance, but we do ask these are consumed in the café or Museum foyer before entering the performance area.

Cost: £12 / £14 per person

Walk and Talk: Discover Art at STEAM

Date: 28th March 2020

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 11:00 - 11:30

28 March

This informal walk and talk will introduce visitors to artworks from Swindon’s modern and local art collections, which are currently on show at STEAM.

Railway WorksThese include depictions of Swindon and its surrounding countryside from the 19th and early 20th centuries, which are included in displays of the GWR Offices. Visitors will also be given exclusive access to a display of atmospheric paintings and lithographs by Swindon artist Hubert Cook, showing life in the GWR Works in the 1940s.

The displays are part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s Art on Tour project, which will take Swindon’s significant art collections to more places throughout the town in 2020. The tours will be given by Art on Tour’s Project Engagement Officer Katie Ackrill.

These talks are free and visitors do not need to hold a STEAM admission ticket to attend. Please sign up at reception upon arrival.

Please get in touch with the Project Engagement Officer if you are interested in bringing a large group (10 or more) to one of these talks, or would like to arrange a talk for a group outside the specified times:  Katie Ackrill – kaackrill@swindon.gov.uk

Cost: Free

Swindon Male Voice Choir

Date: 28th March 2020

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

28 March

The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh

Swindon Male Voice Choir in concert with The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh.

Concert takes place at STEAM on Saturday, 28th March 2020 at 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm).

£12.50 per person - pop into STEAM or call 01793 466626.

Cost: £12.50 per person

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