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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Temporary Exhibitions

Two of the galleries house temporary exhibitions which are changed throughout the year giving the visitor a different experience.

Availability of the Temporary Exhibitions during 2017*

Life (January to 19th April)

Ancient Wisdom (January to 27th April)

Arts of Art (19th April to end of August)

Medieval Machines (27th April to end of August)

Shocking Electricity (September to end of Season)

The Mechanicals (September to end of Season)

*Please note that the temporary exhibitions are subject to change at short notice and the dates when they are on display may vary. If you are coming to the Centre specifically to see a particular exhibition it is always best to phone the Centre in advance to check if that exhibition is current.

Ancient Wisdom (January to 27th April)

Find out what the ancients did for us. Shoot down a castle wall with a Roman catapult and see how the Egyptians locked their doors. Build an aqueduct to guide water to a village and try the Greek way of using the Sun to burn the enemy's ships. There is art and music as well and you can even write your name in hieroglyphics.
The Arts of Art (19th April to end of August)

This exhibition reveals the techniques, tricks and trade of the art world from perspective to lighting, to composition. It looks into some of the major developments in the art world and how they shaped what people painted, how they painted it and what they painted with.
Medieval Machines (27th April to end of August)

Most people see the medieval period as an era of unsophisticated squalor, but it was in reality a period of great creativity and development. During the period many of the basic technologies which underpinned the renaissance and later the industrial revolution were first developed, while at the same time innovations from Roman times were rediscovered and refined. Some of them are so fundamental today that we hardly realise they were once major technological advances.

By giving people a hands-on opportunity to explore these technologies first-hand the exhibition is intended to give people an insight into the roots of modern technology and allow them to better appreciate the inventiveness of our ancestors. It will also help them gain a better understanding of history by letting people explore medieval innovations and get an idea of how these would have affected peoples lives in the period and after.
The Mechanicals (September to end of Season)

A collaboration between Science Projects Ltd and Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, The Mechanicals is a joyful interactive exhibition of comical, beautifully made automata that will give fun and knowledge to old and young alike.

The aim of this witty combination of art and science is to inspire visitors to help them understand the basic mechanisms involved in how the automata work. The figures are each busy with a zany activity, enhanced by a funny title and underpinned by an interactive board allowing you to play and understand the relevant mechanical principle involved. Drives, pulleys, ratchets and levers that make these machines work, underpin our lives in so many ways.

Exhibits include: The Sheep Shearing Man by Ron Fuller: based on the principle of levers, a luckless man rises and falls, on every tenth turn of the handle the vindictive sheep appears to chop off his head with shears.

The Barecats by Paul Spooner and Matt Smith: as the little cat points, the big cat looks up, so who is driving whom? Enjoy the man wearing striped trunks and white cap learning How to Swim - not in a pool but on a high stool.

For the contemporary The Birth of Fast Food by Keith Newstead uses a crank slider to move the gallant steed while linkages of strings and wires move levers to make the wings and legs go up and down.
Shocking Electricity (September to end of Season)

Sparks will fly in this exhibition of weird and wonderful experiments for all ages. All the key elements for a Frankenstein laboratory and more! Make an explosion using just water, experiment with batteries and generators, magnets and plasma globes, and see if you dare touch the electric fence.
Life Exhibit List
Ancient Wisdom Exhibit list
The Arts of Art Exhibit List
Medieval Machines Exhibit List
Shocking Electricity Exhibit List
The Mechanicals Exhibit List