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Life Science Centre – Adults Takeover this Autumn

With must-see exhibition ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, Friday nights out with a difference, and exclusive workshops, there has never been a better time for adults to visit Life Science Centre (and leave the kids at home!).


Life Science Centre is known as a place for families, but it is also an ideal venue for adults who are looking for a day – or night – out that can’t be experienced anywhere else.


One of the main draws this Autumn is ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, created by renowned anatomist Gunther von Hagens, of BODY WORLDS fame and the inventor of the cutting-edge preservation technique, plastination. The exhibition, which has been astounding audiences since it opened at Life in May, offers a unique look into the animal kingdom with over 100 real plastinated animals and specimens on display. Visitors can see the amazing musculature, internal organs and skeletons of some of nature’s most impressive creatures, including an Asian elephant, a bear, and giraffe.


As part of a special programme of associated events, Life is running taxidermy workshops this October. Participants can flaunt their fashion credentials and make a Bird Wing fascinator on Saturday 8, and there’s chance to create a mouse that looks almost human - perhaps wearing a hat and spectacles? – in an Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Workshop on Sunday 9. Places are limited and booking is available now at life.org.uk. Workshops are run by Tonja Grung, owner of Made from the Dead taxidermy and a member of the British Academy of Taxidermy.


New Friday Night Life events are also proving to be a hit. Designed for adults only, each event offers visitors something unique, whether it’s a fascinating guest speaker or a one-off show in Life’s stunning planetarium. The next event, on Friday 30 September, features award winning science communicator James Piercy, who will be discussing his experience of traumatic head injury, as well as the UK premiere of a specially commissioned planetarium version of Holst’s Planet Suite, and the chance to take part in psychological experiments in the Brain Zone. November’s Friday Night Life (Friday 18) also has a quirky guest speaker, Thomas Thwaites, who took a break from being human to live as a goat. Yes, really…


After all, why should the kids have all the fun?