Nanoscience exhibition comes to Magna

30 April 2012

A unique exhibition of sculptures which bring the astonishing world of nanoscience to life is set to open at Magna Science Adventure Centre.   

In ‘Giants of the Infinitesimal’ top scientists have worked with artists to explore nanotechnology which deals with matter, structures and molecules just billionths of a metre across.

The exhibition features large-scale versions of nano-particles which visitors can manipulate in the same way that scientists do in the laboratory.

It aims to show how the new area of science can radically transform many fields, including healthcare, computing, energy, and waste reduction.

Renowned sculptors Tom Grimsey and Theo Kaccoufa worked with nano-scientists from the universities of Liverpool, Nottingham and Glasgow on the project, along with Dr Ashley Cadby and Dr Günter Möbus from the University of Sheffield.

Physics education consultant Ann Marks, who is an advisor, said “Nano-particles are incredibly tiny and to find out about them or image them you need special devices.

“In ‘Giants of the Infinitesimal’, nano-scientists and sculptors have worked together to help visualise the invisible. The interactive exhibits simulate techniques used by the scientists but with particles about a hundred million times larger. Visitors are challenged to move them about and experience this amazing world for themselves.”

Stuart Ballard, science centre director at Magna said:  “This is a fascinating exhibition where art meets science. The exhibition premiered at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and we’re delighted to now be hosting it here in Yorkshire.” 

Sculptures include a piece depicting the honeycomb lattice of graphene – the super-strong material which won University of Manchester scientists the 2010 Nobel prize in Physics

The exhibition, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will run at Magna from May 5 until November 5. Entrance is free with general admission.  

Magna, based in massive former steelworks at Templeborough, Rotherham, aims to inspire interest in science as well as preserve the history of the area’s steel industry.

Magna’s four pavilions are on a theme of earth, air, fire and water, and visitors can see the works’ original arc furnace roar to life through dramatic special effects.

The attraction’s outdoor Sci-Tek adventure play area is one of the biggest in Europe and its adjacent water play area Aqua-Tek is open throughout the summer.

Full day tickets include entry to the indoor attraction as well as both the Sci-Tek and Aqua-Tek outdoor play areas, or families can pay to just visit the outdoor play areas. All full tickets include a further 12 months’ free entry.

For more information about the ‘Giants of the Infinitesimal’ exhibition or other events at Magna, visit or call 01709 720002.


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Magna is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks which were once the biggest in the world and employed 10,000 people.  The works were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed into an award-winning visitor attraction in 2001. 

Magna has four pavilions on a theme of air, earth,fire and water, which house over 100 interactive exhibits, and it also boasts outdoor and water play areas. The centrepiece Big Melt uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate steel making using a huge original electric arc furnace. Magna is open daily, from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. 

Magna also plays host to all kinds of events and exhibitions and offers a range of corporate and party facilities.

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