Trouble at 'mill? The Science Centre at Green's Mill will be turned into a crime scene for Museums and Galleries Month on May 26. © Green's Mill
During Museums and Galleries Month 2007 24 Hour Museum is picking out some interesting museum, gallery and heritage events from its listings ... here's news about an event in Nottinghamshire that reveals the secrets behind forensic science.
Drawing on the chosen theme for this years Museums and Galleries Month 2007, ‘People who are we?’ Green’s Mill and Science Centre in Nottingham, in partnership with Derby University is holding an interactive presentation to help people investigate what makes them unique.
Taking place on Saturday May 26, the workshops will be led by Jon Wright, a forensic scientist from Derby University.
The workshops will include a mock crime scene which visitors will be able to examine and see what conclusions they can draw from it. There will be the chance to analyse your own fingerprints and assess yourself using the ‘bertillonage’ identification (a system that depends on the unchanging character of certain measurements of the human frame).
According to Jon Wright, it is almost impossible for anyone to enter a room or area without leaving some trace that they have been there and he will be demonstrating the different traces which can identify someone.
“It is hoped that some of the activity will be interactive and allow visitors to get a feel for forensic science as it is and not as it is shown on TV!” said Jon.
With the increase in popularity of programmes such as CSI, more and more people are becoming interested in the function of forensic science in everyday life. There is in fact now the documented ‘CSI effect’ which has increased the number of academic institutions offering forensic science based courses.
The day is set to be enjoyed by both children and adults. “Forensic science is a very interesting subject and it can be appreciated by both young and old and it relates well to everyday life and experiences,” added Jon.
There are three workshops taking place throughout the day, at 10.30-11.30am, 12-1pm and 2-3pm. Although the workshops are free, space is limited and booking in advance is essential. Call 0115 9156878 to book your place.
Chloé Titcomb is a Renaissance-funded student journalist covering MGM events in the East Midlands. Renaissance is the groundbreaking initiative to transform England's regional museums, led by MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.