Pop-Up Curiosity Shop of Science and Culture

Calling all imagineers, engineers, and balladeers! Come join the fun at this bonkers celebration of discovery at a pop-up curiosity shop of science and culture right in the centre of Exeter at Make Tank Gallery. Expect fun, mayhem, and science with music, theatre, guided walks, demonstrations, talks, workshops, and even robots, as Agile Rabbit help bring to life the brilliant work that happens at the University of Exeter. 

Bring a curious mind and encounter scientists, artists, musicians, historians, doctors, mathematicians, and many more.


Programme of activities include:

Live Window Graffiti 

The work of artist Steve McCracken has intrigued the people of Exeter and East Devon; paintings of birds appear in unlikely and forgotten places. He’ll be creating a beautiful painting across the window of Make Tank gallery, live and in front of your eyes to celebrate research and the EU.


Worms in Space

Use microscopes to compare healthy ‘Earth’ worms to unhealthy ’Space’ worms. Visitors can build specialised cassettes used to house the worms on their trip to the International Space Station. We also have existing flight hardware from previous spaceflight missions! 


Suntou Susso: Kora Player

Kora player, percussionist, singer and composer, Suntou Susso is from the Gambia, and will be performing two solo concerts. Born a Griot in a 700-year old tradition, the Kora – harp-lute with 22 strings – is unique to the Mandinka people.


Robots and Pigeons

Hear about a new study of pigeons which revealed that they flock together away from predators, rather than for selfish interest. The research even involved using a robotic peregrine falcon, known as RoboFalcon, as a controlled predator amongst pigeons.


Why did the chicken cross the world?

Handle ancient chicken skeletons and chat to archaeologists at this special interactive display. Chickens lived significantly longer in the Iron Age, Roman era and Saxon period because they were seen as sacred. The findings came after researchers led from the University of Exeter developed the first method for reliably finding the age of fowl that lived thousands of years ago.


The Social Life of Jackdaws 

Jackdaws are an extremely sociable and intelligent species, with a similar number of neurons in their brains to primates. In this short talk, scientist Beki Hooper will reveal jackdaws’ impressive levels of social intelligence and their ability to learn about dangerous people.


Live jazz with Philip Clouts and Charlie Hearnshaw

Jazz pianist Philip Clouts was born in Cape Town and the music of his homeland has stayed with him while soaking up Caribbean calypso and the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent.


How the Ancient Greeks Can Improve Your Health 

Written 1800 years ago, Galen’s medical system was the basis of Western and Islamic Medicine for 1600 years. Might Galen’s healthy living be useful for us in the 21st century? Join Professor John Wilkins to consider Galen’s advice.


The Marshmallow-spaghetti challenge

Would you like to extend your idea of play and playfulness in relation to education? Join Dr Maarten Koeners for a conversation about the biology of play and its power to strengthen the link between joy and learning.


I discovered new Rock Art

Join Professor Jose Iriarte to hear about recently found ancient rock art in the Amazon rainforest picturing giant Ice Age creatures. Thousands of paintings were found in the last few years on three rock shelters on the northern edge of the Colombian Amazon.


Yoga & Your Body

Join a fun yoga session that is also a talk event, exploring yoga, health and your body. University of Exeter social scientist Gemma Lucas and Yogi teacher Nikkie Huddart discuss the latest research on how yoga affects people’s relationships with their bodies, while you do the moves!


Do you fall for Fake News?

Hear about the latest research by Professor Jason Reifler into Fake News. How does the perception of your own ability affect how you process news? Find out if you are likely to fall for Fake News or if you are more discerning!


The Medieval Warhorse

The medieval warhorse is iconic in representing warfare in the age of chivalry, and they are much depicted in films and popular imagery. But what were medieval warhorses really like? This interactive exhibit brings to life the “Warhorse” project, which is combining cutting edge science, with archaeology and history.


Playful University

The Playful University project makes the University a place where learning is created and nurtured through joy, engagement and play. Where learning to solve problems and overcome obstacles are rewards in their own right.Will you come and play a game with us?


Live jazz with Philip Clouts and Charlie Hearnshaw

Jazz pianist Philip Clouts was born in Cape Town and the music of his homeland has stayed with him while soaking up Caribbean calypso and the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent.


Spinal Tapping

Using life size spine models, discover ground-breaking spine facts that reveal why loads and movement are essential to improve and maintain the health of your back.

Scientists from the University of Exeter will show you how your spine works, and what is going wrong when there is damage. 


Who do we think you are? Online social identity detection

In an interactive exhibit, Miriam will guide you through a world of digital fingerprints, style shifting, and identity deception and explain what your last social media post may reveal about you, and whether such models can be used for “good”. 


Healthcare and Maths

See how maths and technology work together to measure and predict your movements and brain activity. Recordings from such technology hold clues to a person’s health. These patterns could help diagnose and treat illness in the body and brain.


Diagnose the NHS

Come along to this interactive GP surgery where you are the doctor and the NHS is on the examination couch! This playful installation is suitable for all ages, where you can roleplay as a doctor and share your views.



Hear about the work of the Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE) is an innovative programme designed to build research links between biomedical and clinical research


Event Details

Maketank Gallery
3-5 Paris Street

Date: 25/09/2021
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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