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Lates: Childhood

Wednesday 26 August

Join us on a journey into your childhood

For 18s and over

Attention, big kids - join us at the Science Museum this Wednesday 26 August and step back into the wondrous world of childhood. Explore the scientific secrets of Doctor Who, uncover the meaning behind types of play and learn how the food your mum eats affects your tastes.

Come and enjoy our famous bubble show or make your very own mutant teddy at one of our interactive workshops. Plus, don't miss regular attractions including live music, the Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

Fancy dressing up? Come along in '80s and '90s fashions - fancy dress is optional.

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from Churchill’s wartime scientists to childhood. See what we have planned for the coming months.

Inspiring, enlightening and unbelievably good fun, Lates always draw a crowd, so we strongly suggest you arrive early to ensure the best chance of getting in. Be advised that you may have to queue before a timed event.


To be announced

Also on this month:

Think – Talks and object-related events

To be announced

Experience – Themed shows and demonstrations

To be announced

Museum Experience – Shows and demonstrations run by the museum

To be announced

Create – Hands-on creative workshops 

To be announced


Please see the recipes below from the Ministry of Food event on 29 July Lates - Churchill

Cheese Dumplings Recipe

1 1/2 lb potatoes, peeled
2 eggs
3 oz cheese, grated
Salt and pepper

Cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water, drain and mash; do not add any liquid. Place over a low heat and season. Add the eggs and 2oz of the grated cheese. Shape into 8-10 balls and roll in the remaining cheese. Place on a greased baking tin and bake for about 20 minutes in a hot oven.

Carrot Cookies Recipe

1 tablespoon margarine
2 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
A few drops of vanilla, almond or orange flavouring
4 tablespoons grated raw carrot
6 tablespoons self-raising flour

cream the fat and sugar together until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the flavouring and the carrot. Fold in the flour. Drop small spoonfuls of the mixture into greased patty pans. Sprinkle the tops with sugar and bake in a brisk oven for about 20 minutes.

Oatmeal Sausages Recipe


2 tablespoons chopped onion or leek.
½ oz of cooking fat or dripping
4 oz oatmeal
½ pint water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 oz chopped meat or sausage meat
browned breadcrumbs

Fry the onion or leek in the fat or dripping until browned. Work in the oatmeal, add the water gradually and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the seasoning and meat, mix well, spread onto a plate to cool. Divide into 8 portions and roll into sausage shapes. Coat with browned crumbs and either fry in a little fat or grill.

National Loaf Recipe

Potato Flour - 1740g
Salt Sea Fine - 140g
Tap Water - 4740ML
Vitamin C - 6g
Wholemeal flour - 5220g
Yeast - 210g

Mix all ingredients in spiral mixer for 3/5 min
Place dough in lightly oiled container, let rest for 45 minutes
Knock back and let rest for another 45 min
Scale at 1kg, first shape (round)
Rest 10-15 min, then second shape
Place bread in oiled baking tins, prove for 45-60 min at 28-32c
Bake at 208c top 204c bottom, with 5 sec steam.
Open vent after 25 min, bake for a further 25 min
Remove from tins immediately and cool on a rack

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
  • Can touch this – Volunteer-led object handling
  • Talkaoke – Discuss the latest science topics whilst sitting at our cool doughnut table

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Admission free although some events may require a ticket


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