Francis Crick Institute

Francis Crick atrium

The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Our work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, our founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 we moved into our brand new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

The Francis Crick runs a rolling programme of free public exhibitions and events. Please check the website for more details

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Latest public exhibition: Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen, 1 March 2019 until 30 November 2019
Open to the public: Wednesdays 10am – 8pm and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

Admission charges

Free of charge

Getting there

Nearest tube / train is Kings Cross St Pancras

Additional info

Exhibition and café

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.
Cell Services Work Bench

Craft and Graft: Making Science Happen

  • 1 March — 30 November 2019 *on now

How are a million fruit flies fed? How does an eyelash become a scientific tool? The exhibition takes a look behind the scenes at Britain’s biggest lab to discover the astonishing methods driving the latest advances. From the fly breeders, laser guiders, cell growers, tech fixers and even bottle washers that make the science happen - an eye-opening glimpse of the people behind the science.

The Francis Crick Institute’s new exhibition, Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen, showcases the surprising roles of the people who work around the clock to make its life-changing research possible.

The free exhibition, which opens on 1 March 2019 until 30 November 2019, takes visitors behind the scenes to meet the technicians, engineers and specialists supporting science at Europe’s biggest biomedical research institute under one roof.
These technical teams prepare, process, make, mend, analyse and innovate. From fixing faults in complex cutting-edge technology to feeding fruit flies and operating robots, these individuals are essential to keep the labs running and science happening.
The exhibition shines a spotlight on five specialist teams who have opened their doors for the first time:
• The technicians feeding and breeding over 15,000 families of fruit flies. They are also trained to perform incredibly precise tasks including hand-injecting DNA into fly embryos.
• The ‘librarian’s of life-forms’ responsible for nurturing billions of cells in thousands of flasks, plates and vials.
• The people who meticulously clean the Crick’s essential glassware to allow re-use and prevent any contamination.
• The mechanical and electronic engineers who race against time to fix, adapt or invent vital equipment for use in the labs.
• The specialists preparing biological samples, from fruit flies to cancer cells, for study using powerful microscopes. Some ultra-thin samples are so delicate, an astonishing tool is used to manoeuvre them: an eyelash glued to a cocktail stick.
Visitors will see five typical workbenches which have been specially created with tools and equipment, short films, personal interviews, imagery and interactive exhibits to bring the stories and skills of these teams to life.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


Free Admission


Getting there

Nearest tube / train is Kings Cross St Pancras

Francis Crick Institute
1 Midland Road




020 3796 0000

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