BodyWorks opens at Glasgow Science Centre

28 March 2013          

Glasgow Science Centre today (March 28) opens its £2m BodyWorks exhibition, featuring more than 100 interactive exhibits and other features aimed at raising awareness of health and well-being in the 21st century. The new exhibition, housed on the Centre’s top floor overlooking the River Clyde, is the first major refreshment of exhibition space since the opening of the Centre to great acclaim more than a decade ago.

It will be one of the most advanced exhibitions of its kind, with a highly interactive range of displays and exhibits for adults and children. Including:

• A virtual autopsy table, the only one of its kind in the UK;
• A giant “hamster wheel” which measures stamina;
• A “DNA disco” that explains genetic science in an entertaining way;
• Plastinated human tissue samples that explain the make-up of the body;
• Real-time “live lab” experiences.

The exhibits include a range of in-depth research capsules that highlight and explain the most up to date knowledge of how the human body works.

“BodyWorks is a real step forward for Glasgow Science Centre. It uses the latest technology and combines that with an excellent approach to story-telling to define and explain that most complex of entities, the human body,” explained Dr Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre.

“This represents a £2m investment in our exhibition space, and is the first major upgrade since the centre opened in 2001. The exhibition will allow visitors of all ages the chance to explore and discover the wonders of the human body in a fun and interactive way. We believe our growing numbers of visitors will really love it.”

The centre – the biggest of its kind outside London – is launching BodyWorks with the support of a charitable grant of £600,000 from the pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline, and a £900,000 award from the Wellcome Trust.

Clare Matterson, Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust, commented: “BodyWorks will surprise and inspire visitors with the latest developments in biomedical science, in particular the new Live Lab space offers the chance to interact with scientists first-hand. We are delighted to have supported such an outstanding Centre since its inception; the new gallery will leave visitors with a fresh appreciation of the complexity of their bodies.”

Katie Pinnock, Director, UK Corporate Contributions, GlaxoSmithKline, said: “As a science-based company,  GlaxoSmithKline has an active programme of support for science education. We are immensely proud of our long-term relationship with the Glasgow Science Centre and that we have been able to help support them develop Bodyworks to engage and excite young minds.”

“The fundamental principal behind BodyWorks is to address people’s knowledge of their bodies health and lifestyle, and to do so in an informative and entertaining way,” explained Robin Hoyle, Director of Science at Glasgow Science Centre.

“We have commissioned leading model-makers, scientists and educators to build BodyWorks, putting the visitor at the centre of the whole experience. This is truly a state-of-the-art exhibition and we expect significant national and international interest.”


 

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