Sometimes my blog gives me amazing opportunities that have me smiling from ear to ear and feeling so grateful for this corner of the internet and all of you wonderful lovelies who take the time to visit me here. Recently, it was the chance to see the new Animal Inside Out exhibition at the Life Centre in Newcastle. I can remember plenty of fantastic visits to the Life Centre when I was younger, when I found the things on show fascinating and a really fun way of introducing science. A few years later and I’m in the middle of a degree in the arts, with a mediocre scientific knowledge at best. I was keen to see if the Life Centre had maintained its accessibility and it just happened that I was in the north east that day so I grabbed my best friend and headed over for the day.
As soon as I arrived I knew that the Life Centre was going to live up to my memory of it. Greeted by the friendliest staff, we had the map explained to us, which, with my terrible sense of direction, I appreciated it so much! We decided to start with the Animal Inside Out as all the emailing back and forth had got me all excited for it. We had just made it to the entrance when we realised we were one shopping bag down… uh oh. Luckily, aforementioned best friend offered to run back and check the restaurant while I got started on the exhibition photography. He’s a good egg is Brian. With our purchases reunited, we took our time in the new exhibition, nerding out as we went. There was plenty of gasps and utterances of ‘I didn’t know that’ as we wandered around, taking in all the animals. Preserved using a process known as plastination, the animals’ anatomy offers a new and really interesting way to learn a little bit more about their biology.
Brian and I are both doing non-sciencey degrees but loved the exhibition. Although some of the displays had the potential to be a little gross, there were plenty of families enjoying it. If you are thinking about taking children with you, I would recommend checking out Samantha’s post, which you can find here. As two almost adults with limited scientific knowledge, we certainly enjoyed ourselves and were fascinated by the displays on offer. My personal favourite was the elephant, which was just magnificent.
No animals were harmed in the making of the exhibition, with zoos and university veterinary programmes working together to create such a vast array of wonderful displays. If you fancy checking it out, it is running until January 3rd 2016 and all the information can be found at life.org.uk.
After seeing the exhibition, we took our time wandering around the rest of the centre. At Brian’s request, we headed to the 4D motion ride first, which was a lot of fun! We even got the chance to catch the Flights of Fancy show in the Science Theatre which, though aimed at a younger audience was quite entertaining. Being a Science Explainer seemed like a pretty good job to the two of us! There were loads of other interactive displays on our route, which we had a quick peek at. After taking as much as possible in, we decided it was time for some caffeine. We called into the cafe at the exit to the museum, where we were able to sip on a Starbucks coffee and eyed up the food on offer, though we were still too full from lunch to try any of it ourselves. Again, I was struck by how friendly the staff were and it made for the perfect end to our afternoon of exploring.
Will you check out the new exhibition?
P.S Although we were invited to try the new exhibition for free, my enthusiasm for learning and nerdiness is all mine!