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Lates: Let There Be Light

Wednesday 27 May

Join us as we explore the International Year of Light

For 18s and over

Celebrate the International Year of Light at the Science Museum’s Lates, supported by ghd.

From exploring cosmic light and the northern lights, to discovering how lasers are used in distilling whiskey and how sun light is used to generate electricity to power your home, this month's Lates is bound to be illuminating.

Plus all the regular highlights of live music, Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

Download the map and guide for this month's Lates

The Science Museum’s Lates is a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change – see what we have planned for the coming months.

Please be aware that Lates is incredibly popular, which means you may have to queue before a timed event. We suggest you arrive early to ensure you have the best possible chance of getting in.


Myth-Busting with ghd Scientists
Come and meet scientists from ghd’s research & development facility in Cambridge to find out how their innovative technologies have informed their new styler. They will also be on hand to bust some commonly held heat and hair styling myths.

ghd Platinum Photoshoot
Take part in a ghd photoshoot and see how light can affect the overall impact of an advertising layout. Have your hair styled and star in your own ghd Platinum advert. You will receive your own print or digital memento of the experience.

Seeing the Light
This session brings together space, place and science in magnificent style. Dr Melanie Windridge delves into the Northern Lights in a journey that takes her through Scandinavia, Canada and Svalbard, culminating in a spectacular solar eclipse.

How Water + Light will Save the World
Plants use sunlight and water to store vast amounts of energy. It’s efficient, it’s clean and it’s limitless. Alok Jha explores what if we could mimic this process and create a leaf in a lab – it could solve the world’s energy crisis (and deal with climate change) in a stroke.

Punk Science: The Game Show
It’s like Saturday Night primetime television with more science and less Ant and Dec.  Have fun with photons, laugh about lasers and get an education in illumination. This comedy duo will be hosting a live rowdy game show where contestants are picked from the crowd and the prizes are dazzling!
Tickets are limited and cost £5 per person – tickets booked in advance will allow queue jumping into the Museum on the night

Also on this month:

Think (Talks and object-related events) :

May the force be with you!
Harnessing the power of light
Atomic clocks from the lab to the wristwatch
Shaping the light in your life
Enlightened sleeping
Walk into the light!
Lighting social life
Seeing the light
Tuning into the sun
Making light work
How water and light will save the world
Cosmic light: The story of everything

Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations) :

Light matters
Cockroach Tour
The world's fastest single-person sailing boat
What makes a good hair day?
Hands-on scanning electron microscopy
A brighter future?
Human laser drum kit
Light in/visibility
Seeing light work for you
Optical technologies
Light: There's more to it than meets the eye

Create (Hands-on creative workshops) :

Light-Up lanterns
Ultra-violet torch, ultra-useful take
Wearable torch - cost £1 per person
See fish!
Screen grab

Regular events

  • Silent Disco – Grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.
  • Punk Science the Gameshow – Tickets are limited and cost £5 per person, available from any ticket desk. Pre-book to gain VIP entry to the museum.
  • Red mill engine demonstration  
  • Fly our simulators - Red Arrows and Fly 360° both discounted rates for Lates 
  • Revelations: Experiments in Photography – half price for Lates
  • The Kraszna-Krausz and First Book Awards 2015 – Our newest exhibition
  • What's That – Volunteer-led object handling
  • Talkaoke - Discuss the latest science topics whilst sitting at our cool doughnut table
  • Tour of Information Age - Suitable for deaf and hearing visitors

Supported by ghd:

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Admission free although some events may require a ticket


Lates: A night of free adults-only entertainment at the Science Museum.