From kaleidoscopes to water workshops: join the Science Museum at Nour 2012

04/10/2012

Make your own colourful kaleidoscope, transport water across a 6ft gap using bamboo canes and elastic bands, or follow the journey of blood through the human body with the Science Museum at Nour 2012.

The Museum, in partnership with Al Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, will be holding three workshops for 7-16* year olds and their families that explore how discoveries from ancient times have more connections with the modern world than one may imagine… The events are part of Nour 2012, a festival celebrating contemporary art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa region. (*see individual event listings for age suitability)

All events are at Al Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (London W10 5YG) and includes:

· Glorious Blood (13 October) – Arab physician Ibn al-Nafis, born in 1213, was the first to describe the pulmonary circulation of blood: now you can find out more in this show for those with an interest in blood, guts and all things gross! Follow the journey of blood through the human body and discover what’s in it, where it goes, and what happens when you start to lose it… (Suitable for 7-11 year olds and their families)

· Water Transporter (3 November) – Ancient Egyptians created the ‘shadoof’, a bucket tied to a long pivoted pole to transport water from rivers in a system that is still used in Egypt today. Test your own ingenuity in this challenging workshop where you must carry water across a 6ft gap using a funnel, bamboo canes, guttering, string, hosing, plastic sheeting and elastic bands. (Suitable for 11-16 years)

· Colourful Kaleidoscopes (10 November) – Basra-born physicist Ibn al-Haitham (Alhazen) wrote Kitab al-Manazir (Book of Optics) which still exerts its influence on Western science today. Discover more about optics – how we see the world around us; how our eyes work – and make your own colourful kaleidoscope. (Suitable for 7-11 year olds and their families)

Nour 2012 runs from 1 October to 1 December 2012 across the borough of Kensington and Chelsea celebrating the very best in contemporary arts and culture from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The borough-wide festival is delivered in partnership with cultural organisations including Leighton House Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Mosaic Rooms, the Ismaili Centre, the Science Museum, The Tabernacle, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, and many others.

Other highlights of the festival include contemporary photography from and about the Middle East; new Syrian art; and electro trip-hop explorations of identity and gay culture.

For full festival listings visit www.nourfestival.co.uk or for booking tickets visit www.nourfestival.eventbrite.co.uk.