Step inside the world’s greatest experiment at the Science Museum’s January Lates with MasterCard


This month Lates with MasterCard explores the world’s greatest experiment, the Large Hadron Collider. Discover how to treat cancer using a particle accelerator, get up close with our atom-smashing collections and chat with scientists about one of the coldest, hottest and biggest places on Earth. Plus all the regular highlights of a pub quiz, silent disco and Punk Science comedy show at the Science Museum’s Lates with MasterCard on Wednesday 29 January 2014, 18.45–22.00.

Take part in the Lates activities highlighted below

Collider: step inside the world’s greatest experiment

Visit this immersive exhibition which blends theatre, video and sound art with real artefacts from CERN, recreating a visit to the famous particle physics laboratory. Explore the 27 km Large Hadron Collider and its cathedral-sized detector caverns, and witness the uncovering of the Higgs boson.

Half-price Lates special offer – entry £5. Corporate Members go free.

Thanks for all the protons - news from the LHC

Discover the inner workings of the LHC with help from the Large Hadron Collider Pop-Up Book: Voyage to the Heart of Matter. Author Emma Sanders (CERN) and physicist Jon Butterworth (University College London, ATLAS experiment) give a glimpse behind the scenes at CERN, revealing hopes post Higgs and what's in store for the Large Hadron Collider in 2014.

Treating cancer with particle accelerators

Join Ashish Naik, an engineer from National Instruments and former CERN physicist, as he discusses the inner workings of ion beam therapy, current research and where technology is headed.

Colliding Collections

Particle detectors, the Nobel Prize and maybe even a sight of the elusive Higgs boson... get a close-up look at objects from the Science Museum's atom-smashing collections.


For seven whole years, theatre and film maker Jan van den Berg has kept a close track on the hunt for the famous Higgs particle. In this lecture he juggles with facts and fiction about his subatomic love affair.

Punk Science: Collision Course

This month the Science Museum's resident comedy team collides with the Science Museum's in-house physicist Dr Harry Cliff. Come and discover the results of such a dangerous experiment.

Other Lates activities this month

My Top 10 Bonkers Things about the World

Did you know you are 1/3 mushroom? That you could fit the human race in the volume of a sugar cube? That slime moulds have 13 sexes? Find out more from Marcus Chown, author of What A Wonderful World.

Can’t get your head around rocket science? Join us for an interactive show exploring how rockets get into space, what they do when they’re up there and how they get back down again – all with the help of Sir Isaac Newton.

Places limited to 100 visitors.

MasterCard Priceless London desk

The MasterCard Priceless London team are offering MasterCard cardholders exclusive access to a range of popular events throughout the evening on a first-come-first-served basis. Come and speak to a representative and hear more about the fantastic offers available at

Treatments and Experiments

Arts charity CoolTan Arts invites you all for an interactive tour around the newly opened exhibition Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology. While looking at the exhibits displaying scientific experimentation, CoolTan Arts will critically reflect on science's attempts to understand the body and mind.

Hidden Universe IMAX film

For one Lates only we are showing the IMAX film Hidden Universe. With real images of distant galaxies, the Sun and Mars, taken by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes, Hidden Universe takes you on a mesmerising tour of deep space.

Lates special offer – £5. Corporate Members go free.

Frogs and Friends

In this comedic lecture Simon Watt explores why frogs are better than most people he knows and how studying them has changed the world.

Regular Lates events include

Media Space

Explore Media Space, our bold and exciting new photography and art gallery at the Science Museum.

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

Only in England explores the relationships between the works of the British photographers Tony Ray-Jones (1941–72) and Martin Parr (born 1952), and their shared interest in English social ritual and behaviour. The exhibition includes previously unseen Ray-Jones photographs selected by Parr from the National Media Museum collection.

Half-price Lates special offer - £4.00. Corporate Members go free.

Universal Everything & You

Universal Everything & You is an evolving audio-visual installation exploring drawing, gesture and movement in the digital realm. Created by art and design studio Universal Everything this two-part work is a collaboration with LA Dance Project and the public, who are invited to participate through an app.

Screen Grab

Join two up-and-coming printmakers in their pop-up studio and create your own screen-print souvenir of this month’s Lates. It will be hands-on, beautiful and inky.

Silent Disco

Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. The Science Museum does not accept responsibility for the quality of some of the moves you will see this evening.

Pub Quiz

Come to our Pub Quiz. It’s now an institution, with fantastic treats for the winners. Losers get directions to a library for extra swotting. 

Places limited to 100 visitors. Charge £2, free to Corporate Members.

Fly with the RAF

Discover the thrill of flying in our simulators, Fly 360° Red Arrows 3D and the RAF Typhoon simulator. The RAF Typhoon simulator takes you on an action-packed flight through the beautiful landscapes of north Wales and the Lake District.

Charges Apply.

Red mill engine demonstrations

For over 300 years steam has been the driving force behind the working factories, shipping and railways essential for trade. Even now, steam turbines generate the majority of the electricity we use every day, both at home and at work. Visit the Energy Hall to see our huge red mill engine being run by our workshops technicians.

Notes to Editors


Wednesday 29th January, 18.45 – 22.00 
Entry to Lates is FREE and no booking is necessary 
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD 
0870 870 4868 |

For more information contact William Stanley, Science Museum Press Office on: 0207 942 4429

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