February – April 2016 sees an exciting new exhibition here at the Museum:

Body Science – Stunning Senses – Healthy Futures

A fully-interactive science-centre exhibition, this project has been developed in partnership with Braintree District Council’s Livewell campaign with support from Essex County Council. There are a range of different displays to explore – as you walk into the museum you will find the amazing dolls house promoting winter warmth, smell tubs for you to try, touch tests and feely boxes, memory tests and sound interactives! Alongside this there are stalls full of interesting information to take away, including information on Diabetes, how to live well and local volunteering opportunities.

As you continue through the exhibition you will find the Eat Well and Be Well Zones, with more fun tests and experiments including mirror drawing, delay phones and peripheral vision tests.

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Peripheral Vision Tester

On Wednesday 3 February the exhibition started arriving, the interactives from the other side of London, and the Livewell displays by Braintree District Council and partner organisations travelling slightly less far! Everything came together for the first day of opening on Saturday 6 February, and an exciting launch event on Monday 8 February.

The exhibition is open until 30 April 2016 and admission to the Museum and exhibition is FREE throughout this period.

As part of the program the Museum has also developed a new Body Science education package for schools – click here to find out more

To find out more about the Livewell project please visit: www.livewellcampaign.co.uk

Other events include half term activities for children and a family Body Science Saturday on 19 March as part of British Science Week –  click here to find out more

All set up and ready to go

All set up and ready to go

Thank you to all our partners who have made this project possible, and finally to John Bunyan school for attending our launch event. Below are comments from the teachers and pupils of Year 4 at John Bunyan:

‘We were thrilled to be invited to the new Body Science Exhibition at Braintree Museum this week. The exhibition was well organised and thoughtfully laid out, with plenty to see and do. The children particularly enjoyed the interactive displays where many of their senses were put to the test. It was a great way to launch our topic on teeth & eating and the digestive system for after half term.’ Claire Worrall, Year 4 teacher

Pupil comments:

“I enjoyed trying to improve my score on the reaction timer because you had to be really quick.”

“I enjoyed putting my hand into the feely boxes and guessing what was inside.”

“I enjoyed trying to balance on the wobble board and trying to improve my score.”

“I learned that it is difficult to speak when you can hear your echo.”

Jennifer Rowland, Education and Exhibitions Curator