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Bright Lights in the Borders



11:00 - 15:00


Berwick Museum and Art Gallery


Berwick Museum and Art Gallery celebrated the achievements of scientists from the borders, exploring the work of early pioneers of astronomy, geology, optics and more.

Berwick Museum

This family day event uncovered the flourishing scientific community in the borders between Berwick and Edinburgh in the first half of the 19th century. The Museum highlighted the work of five eminent scientists of the region, including Mary Somerville - astronomer, mathematician and polymath.

Guests were invited to meet dinosaur expert Tom Challands, discover microscopes and geology with Toni Hammill and make their very own kaleidoscope with Jenny Docket. 

The accompanying exhibition will run until 30 September 2017.

Local Heroes

This event is held as part of the Local Heroes grant scheme, designed to engage audiences with the influence of science and scientists on local communities across the UK. From Orkney to Plymouth, 15 museums and galleries will reveal stories of scientific brilliance from across the ages. 

Read the full list of awarded projects.

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