Centre of the Cell

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Centre of the Cell is a science education centre based at the Whitechapel Campus of Queen Mary, University of London. It is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories.

Centre of the Cell is located inside our distinctive orange ‘Pod’ suspended above biomedical research laboratories, so visitors will be able to see research scientists at work as they enter the centre. Once inside, visitors will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research.

Centre of the Cell recently won the 2010 Museums & Heritage Excellence Award for Best UK Educational Initiative.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Check online for our family events: https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

Admission charges

£7 (adults); £5 (concs); £5 (children); Free (Under 3s)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Child playing with fake snot

Snot, Sick and Scabs

  • 28 July 2015 2-4pm
  • 10 August 2015 2-4pm

If you have ever wondered what snot, sick or scabs are made of, why cheesy feet smell so bad, or how your body fights off microscopic monsters when they manage to invade your body, then this show is for you! Discover the world of cells, bacteria and viruses and test why snot is so superior!

Each session offers the opportunity to take part in a Pod show inside our cell-shaped Pod, suspended over the laboratories of the Blizard Institute. Once inside, you will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research. You can try your hand at virtual experiments, heal extensive virtual burns and have your cells counted. You also get to see real body parts and diagnose cancer using high-power microscopes

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£7 (adults); £5 (children); £5 (concs); Free (under 3s)

Website

https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

Child completing hot and cold touch demo

Sensational

  • 30 July 2015 2-4pm
  • 13 August 2015 2-4pm

'Sensational' is a science show all about the weird and wonderful world of the senses, and more interestingly, how they can sometimes be tricked. It is an interactive show packed with tasty facts and tingly demonstrations!

Each session offers the opportunity to take part in a Pod show inside our cell-shaped Pod, suspended over the laboratories of the Blizard Institute. Once inside, you will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research. You can try your hand at virtual experiments, heal extensive virtual burns and have your cells counted. You also get to see real body parts and diagnose cancer using high-power microscopes.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£7 (adults); £5 (concs); £5 (children); Free (Under 3s)

Website

https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

Teethtastic

Teethtastic

  • 3 August 2015 2-4pm
  • 20 August 2015 2-4pm

Get your teeth stuck into our tantalising show all about teeth. Whether you’re a dentist’s dream, or you don’t know your incisors from your canines, in this show you’ll discover just how many teeth a shark has, how to get terrific teeth and gorgeous gums, take part in our chomping challenge, and find out how to make elephant toothpaste.

Each session offers the opportunity to take part in a Pod show inside our cell-shaped Pod, suspended over the laboratories of the Blizard Institute. Once inside, you will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research. You can try your hand at virtual experiments, heal extensive virtual burns and have your cells counted. You also get to see real body parts and diagnose cancer using high-power microscopes.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£7 (adults); £5 (concs); £5 (children); Free (Under 3s)

Website

https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

In a Heartbeat

In a Heartbeat

  • 5 August 2015 2-4pm
  • 28 August 2015 2-4pm

A family show all about the human heart - what it does, how it works and how it manages to push so much of your glorious blood around your system!

Each session offers the opportunity to take part in a Pod show inside our cell-shaped Pod, suspended over the laboratories of the Blizard Institute. Once inside, you will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research. You can try your hand at virtual experiments, heal extensive virtual burns and have your cells counted. You also get to see real body parts and diagnose cancer using high-power microscopes.

Suitable for

  • 11-13

Admission

£7 (adults); £5 (children); £5 (concs); Under 3s free

Website

https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

Sores, Spores and Sickly Bugs

Sores, Spores and Sickly Bugs

  • 6 August 2015 2-4pm
  • 18 August 2015 2-4pm

Uncover 100 years of miraculous medical history in the East End. 'Sores, Spores & Sickly Bugs' is about how medicine has developed over the past 100 years. Meet our doctors from 1915 and 2015 to discover the history of health and disease in East London.

Each session offers the opportunity to take part in a Pod show inside our cell-shaped Pod, suspended over the laboratories of the Blizard Institute. Once inside, you will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research. You can try your hand at virtual experiments, heal extensive virtual burns and have your cells counted. You also get to see real body parts and diagnose cancer using high-power microscopes.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£7 (adults); £5 (children); £5 (concs); Under 3s free

Website

https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

A Mummy for Melissa

A Mummy for Melissa

  • 14 August 2015 2-4pm

'Sensational' is a science show all about the weird and wonderful world of the senses, and more interestingly, how they can sometimes be tricked. It is an interactive show packed with tasty facts and tingly demonstrations!

Each session offers the opportunity to take part in a Pod show inside our cell-shaped Pod, suspended over the laboratories of the Blizard Institute. Once inside, you will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research. You can try your hand at virtual experiments, heal extensive virtual burns and have your cells counted. You also get to see real body parts and diagnose cancer using high-power microscopes.

Suitable for

  • 5-6

Admission

£7 (adults); £5 (children); £5 (concs); Free (under 3s)

Website

https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
WW1 Whitechapel Medical Marvels Trail

WW1 Whitechapel Medical Marvels trail

https://www.centreofthecell.org/wartime-medicine-and-innovation/

Explore the WW1 medical history of Whitechapel with this trail. Try your hand at finding facts, completing quizzes and drawing your ideas to discover Whitechapel’s wartime history and win a Centre of the Cell goody bag.

This trail was created by a team of young people aged 14-18 to share their research into WW1 local medical history. They have delved into the Royal London Hospital Museum and Archives and the Science Museum Archives and conducted field studies to bring you a trail that explores key locations, people and medical innovations that have shaped the Whitechapel we know today.

Creator

  • Centre of the Cell

How to obtain

Download from the Centre of the Cell website or pick up a free copy from the Centre of the Cell, Royal London Hospital Museum or Whitechapel Idea Store, Whitechapel London.

Centre of the Cell
4 Newark Street
Whitechapel
London
Greater London
E1 2AT
England

Website

www.centreofthecell.org/

E-mail

info@centreofthecell.org

Telephone

0207 882 2562

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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