Culture 24/7: Top Science and Nature exhibitions to see in the UK for November 2013

By Sarah Jackson | 04 November 2013

Robots in London, butterflies in Sheffield and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in Bristol and more – here are this month’s science highlights...

A picture of a small black robotic creature against a yellow backdrop.
Bat-bot© Centre for Automatic and Robotics of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist?, National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff

While Darwin is a name familiar to all for his theory of evolution, his associate Alfred Wallace has been almost forgotten. An intrepid explorer, brilliant naturalist, social activist, political commentator and one of the leading evolutionary thinkers of the 19th century, Wallace is one of Wales’ most remarkable scientists. This exhibition celebrates his life and achievements.

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Bringing together original drawings, models, photographs, films and other ephemera, Ice Lab showcases the highly-specialised and science fiction-esque architecture and research found in one of the most isolated places on Earth. Visitors will be able to experience the sounds, sights and sensations of this extraordinary landscape through specially-created audio-visual installations.

Trajectory, Embrace Arts, Leicester, November 8-9

Ever wondered what space sounds like? Award-winning multimedia composer Andrew Williams is attempting to answer that question by gathering sounds and data from space to create an captivating installation of his perspective of Earth and space. Across two days, the production will develop into a truly unique experience of space.

Wings of Scale: Butterflies & Moths from Sheffield’s Collection, Weston Park, Sheffield, from November 9

Although many now view the act of collecting butterflies and moths to be cruel, the activity has previously been a popular pastime. As a result, natural history museum collections are full of them, providing an important source of historic and scientific information. This new display reveals not only the incredible beauty and diversity of butterflies and moths across the world but also their importance to many ecosystems.

Foreign Bodies, Common Ground, Wellcome Collection, London, from November 14

What happens when you connect artists to scientists in medical research centres across the world? Fund out at the Wellcome Collection this month when the results of six artist residencies in medical research centres in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK will be displayed. The works take viewers on a moving journey between scientific processes and local communities, often on the frontlines of infectious diseases.

Robot Safari, Science Museum, London, from November 27

Bored of the usual safari? Head down to the Science Museum and interact with amazing bio-mimetic robots inspired by nature during a three-day festival. Trekking through these mechanical creatures' unnatural habitats, visitors will encounter a Bat-bot, the Cheetah-cub, the fastest running sub-30kg robot in the world, and the pleurobot, a robotic salamander and the most advanced amphibious robot in the world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, M Shed, Bristol, from November 30

Now in its 49th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year provides a world-renowned showcase of the astonishing images that celebrate the rich array of wildlife on the planet. Touring to M Shed for the first time, the competition is complemented by a display celebrating Bristol’s diverse wildlife.

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