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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
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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 2018*

Good Vibrations (January to May)

The Senses (January to May)

Ancient Wisdom (May to September)

Shocking Electricity (May to September)

Arts of Art (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.

Good Vibrations (January to May)

The Good vibrations exhibition is based all around the science of sound.

We’re surrounded by sound and our ears are bombarded by noise but do you know how sound is made and how it travels? It’s all to do with vibrations of course. Experiment with odd musical instruments, find out how your vocal cords work, puzzle your brain with sound illusions and watch your voice on a computer screen.
The Senses (January to May)

Challenge your senses to gather information about the world around you with this highly interactive exhibition.

Can you see what’s going on to the side when you are looking straight ahead? Can you put a plug in a socket without your sight? How does your mind decide what colour a thing is? What part does your memory play in exploring the world with your senses? Smell, touch and hear your way around these family-friendly hands-on activities and even explore the mysterious sense of proprioception.


Ancient Wisdom (May to September)

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.
Shocking Electricity (May to September)

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.
The Arts of Art (September to end of season)

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.
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.

Please note that the above mentioned exhibits are not guaranteed to be among those on display.