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The Lancaster University Family Zone

Join staff and students from Lancaster University’s Medical School and the Physics, History and Psychology Depts in Lancaster Library as they explore numbers, planets, colours, light and the secrets of the human body!

Fri 2 Nov, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Sat 3 Nov, 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Professor Rob Young
Quantum Technology Centre

Random Revolution

Using a 3D LED cube to demonstrate a new quantum device that produces truly random numbers, this fascinating installation highlights that a solution is on the horizon to the puzzle of why, amongst other things, flaws in the process used by computers to choose passwords, in fact, weakens security.



Dr Joe Kinrade

Portraits of the Planets

The arrival of the New Horizons satellite at Pluto in 2015 marked the completion of the initial deep space survey of the solar system. This dazzling, curated series of projections show our home planet Earth from space, together with landmark portraits of our neighbouring planets taken during the golden age of satellite exploration.



Dr Nathan Case

Aurora in Cube

A miniaturised version of the Northern Lights (also known as the aurora borealis), this 3D display uses over 500 LEDs to mimic the glowing colours and mesmerising movements of the aurora in a table-top exhibit.



Dr Stephen Pumfrey

Spectrum: Isaac Newton’s Home Experiment

A chance to recreate the one of the classic experiments in the history of science – the amazing discovery by Isaac Newton in 1666, that white light is a combination of the colours of the spectrum. Newton performed this demonstration in his own home, his rooms in Trinity College, Cambridge. Now you can in Lancaster Library!

Photo credit: Science Photo Library



Dr Adam Taylor
Lancaster Medical School

Inside my Body

A combination of art, light and anatomy demonstrates different structures within the body, how they move and help us go about our daily lives. Glow in the dark paint and pictures reveal the complex organisation of the human body like you have never seen it before! Come along and see how your own muscles and body structures work.



Professor Vincent Reid
Psychology (Babylab)

The Womb with a View

A remarkable insight into how foetuses respond to light in the womb.

World leading research at Lancaster University is working to determine how the foetus sees, and how light in the womb is important for the way that the human visual system develops.