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Be a part of Science Museum's Lates

Lates is one of the Museum's biggest events, staged on the last Wednesday of each month except December and themed around a science-related subject. It’s free and attracts around 4000 visitors over the course of each night.

The average age range of visitors is 18–35, usually young professionals looking for a free, fun and engaging night out.

Why join us?

We offer you the opportunity to run an event with lots of very keen and eager-to-learn adults. In some cases we may be able to offer some financial assistance to help support your event too.

Upcoming themes:

  • 27 September: CelluLates – Biology
  • 25 October: Gaming – linked to the Power Up Exhibition
  • 29 November: Illuminating India
  • 31 January: Food and Drink
  • 28 February: Sport and Well Being

Please note that we confirm all events for each theme around 4–6 weeks before the event. For example, the deadline for Robots Lates was 5 May.

What we're looking for

Three different types of events fit into Lates:

1. Talks

  • 30 minute talk repeated 2–3 times
  • Caters to around 100–360 people over the night
  • Introduces people to a concept and enthuses them about it
  • Teaches audiences more about a subject they may know a little about

2. Drop-in events

  • Run from 18.45–21.30
  • Caters to around 400–600 people over the night
  • Can be anything from showing off new technology or demonstrating scientific concepts to a performance or an experience

3. Workshops

  • Run from 18.45–21.30
  • Caters to around 500 people over the night
  • Can be something that everyone contributes to create a collective result
  • An alternative is a 'make and take' – something for visitors to create and take away that can be completed in 15–20 mins, makes no mess and is rewarding and aesthetically pleasing
  • Can also involve people learning a task, e.g. dance, drumming, knitting, games etc

Things to bear in mind:

  • Audience interaction – How will you keep your audience engaged?
  • Jargon free – Our audiences generally have no specific scientific knowledge so technical language must be kept to a minimum.
  • Humour – Lates visitors always respond very positively to added humour.
  • Social media – Opportunities for our audiences to show their appreciation.
  • Costs – we have very limited funding but we can offer some assistance.
  • Resources – As a museum we are sometimes restricted in what we can do.
  • Health and safety – Risk assessments and method statements will be required for most events.