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Major New Science Museum Exhibition—Cancer Revolution—Will Open At Lates With Interactive Artwork, Workshops And Talks

Cancer Revolution Lates 
Wednesday 25 May 2022, 18.15–22.00 u
Free, ticketed  

Gallery view of Cancer Revolution exhibition and Simon Hitchens working on Physis, an interactive artwork to be displayed at Lates
Images L-R: Cancer Revolution exhibition © Science Museum Group; Simon Hitchens working on 'Physis', an interactive artwork to be displayed at Lates © Nigel Davies 

The Science Museum will open a major, free exhibition—Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope—at a special edition of the museum’s popular after-hours, adults-only Lates event on 25 May. In partnership with Cancer Research UK, the exhibition includes objects that have never been displayed in the UK before. Visitors will experience the exhibition for the first time in London, encounter a new interactive artwork exclusive to Lates and take part in workshops and talks across the museum. 

After huge success at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, Cancer Revolution will open in London as the first major exhibition to explore the history and future of cancer treatment and research. Visitors will discover incredible historical objects, cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical technologies, encounter new artist commissions and installations, get hands-on with interactive exhibits and experience a breadth of personal stories. The exhibition will reveal how researchers, clinicians, policy makers and patients are fuelling progress in a powerful expression of shared hope and will present the stories of people affected by cancer, together with those who study and treat it. 

On display for just one night as part of this special Lates will be new interactive artwork from sculptor Simon Hitchens—'Physis'. Visitors will be offered sculpting tools and invited to get hands-on with the artwork by literally chipping away at it, symbolically reducing and reshaping its tumour-like form. Commissioned by Pfizer, this participatory piece aims to educate visitors about the changing nature of cancer, and ultimately how the stories of people living with cancer are being reshaped by science.  

Lates attendees can participate in a discussion with Cancer Research UK about the latest innovations in cancer screening and get hands-on with one of the most useful tools for treatment and detection of cancer, the liquid biopsy in 'The Future of Cancer' screening. Attendees can also construct a cancer innovation timeline in activity Cancer Treatment, Then and Now, and discover how cancer is being combatted in ways visitors have never considered before. 

Visitors can chat to scientists working at the forefront of cancer research in Meet a Scientist, discover how personalised cancer medicine is created in The Hard Cell and encounter cutting-edge medical tech from Imperial College London in The Future of Surgery. 

Cancer Revolution Lates takes place at the Science Museum on Wednesday 25 May 2022 from 18.15-22.00. For more information and to book free tickets please visit: 

The expert partner for Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope is Cancer Research UK and at the Science Museum Cancer Revolution is supported by Pfizer (Principal Sponsor) and Julian Howard. 

More Lates programme highlights

What's the Future of Cancer Treatments? 

Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre 
20.30 – 21.00  

Can we harness our immune systems to treat cancer? Join medical researchers Audrey Teh and Mark Bodman-Smith to discuss the cutting edge of cancer medicine and how complex, personalised treatment could be made cheap and accessible using tobacco plants. 

How Can We Beat Health Inequality? 

Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre 
21.15 – 21.45  

Why are some groups of people far more likely to develop and die from cancer than others? Join cancer researcher and founder of Black in Cancer, Sigourney Bell and health data scientist Laura Woods as they discuss the scale of the problem and what can be done to fix it.   

Lab Coat Art tells Cancer Patients' Stories 

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries 
18.30 – 21.30 (Drop in)  

On display will be three lab coats transformed by artist Rosalind Wyatt, embellished by her with hand stitched messages and drawings from children and adults with rare and hard-to- treat cancers. The team from the Institute of Cancer Research will also be on-hand to discuss their work on innovative cancer treatments.  

Medical Revolutions Pub Quiz 

The Diner 
19.30 – 20.15, 20.45 – 21.30 

Would you use elephant bile to treat bad breath? Medicine has come a long way over the centuries. Join us for a pub quiz on medical revolutions to test your knowledge.  

Entry £2 per person (card payments only)—tickets available at The Diner. 

The CoppaFeel! Boobettes 

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries 
18.30 – 21.30 (Drop in) 

Meet the Boobettes as they use their experiences of breast cancer to educate you about the importance of getting to know your body. You’ll learn some essential facts that could one day save your life.  

Life Time: A Q&A with Russell Foster 

Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre 
19.30 – 20.15 

Could disrupting your body clock make problems with your mental and physical health worse? Meet Russell Foster and find out how optimising your personal routine could make you sleep, work and feel better.  

Power UP 

Basement Gallery 
19.00 – 20.00, 20.30 – 21.30 

Get hands-on with a fully interactive gaming event featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past five decades. From Pong to Pac-Man and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone.  

Special Lates price – only £5! Tickets available at any ticket desk. 

Silent Disco 

Exploring Space 
18.45 – 22.15 (Drop in) 

Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk da funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.  

Entry £3 per person (card payments only) – tickets available in the Exploring Space gallery. Last entrance 22.00. 


Visitor Information

Wednesday 25 March 2022, 18.15 – 20.00 
Science Museum 
Entry to Lates is FREE but ticketed, and for ages 18+  
Follow the event on Twitter with #SMLates 

Notes to editors

For more information please contact Tayla Barnard-White at or on 020 7942 4097. You can download images available for editorial use here

About the Science Museum 

The Science Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, the world’s leading group of science museums that share a world-class collection providing an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Over the last century the Science Museum, the home of human ingenuity, has grown in scale and scope, inspiring visitors with exhibitions covering topics as diverse as robots, code-breaking, cosmonauts and superbugs. 2020 marked a decade of transformation for the museum with the opening of the largest medical galleries in the world—Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries and Science City 1500-1800: The Linbury Gallery—the story of how London became a hub of discovery during 1550-1800. The Science Museum was named a winner of the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year prize for 2020. Follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

About Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope 

Cancer Revolution; Science, innovation and hope is the world’s first major object-rich exhibition to reveal the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated. The touring exhibition opened at the Science and Industry Museum in October 2021 and has been developed by the Science Museum Group, with support from expert partner Cancer Research UK, to explore the revolution in science that is transforming cancer care. Opening on 25 May at the Science Museum’s popular after-hours event, Lates, the exhibition comes at a time when one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime, yet with improved cancer treatment and care, more of us than ever before are living longer and better with the disease and beyond. On display will be never-before seen objects, cutting edge treatment and research, new artist commissions and installations, interactive exhibits and a breadth of personal stories. Cancer Revolution will reveal how researchers, clinicians, policy makers and patients are fuelling progress in a powerful expression of shared hope and will present the stories of people affected by cancer, together with those who study and treat it. The expert partner for the exhibition is Cancer Research UK and at the Science Museum Cancer Revolution is supported by Pfizer (Principal Sponsor) and Julian Howard. 

Partners for Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope 

About Cancer Research UK 

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. 

  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. 

  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. 

  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years. 

  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. 

  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. 

About Pfizer: Breakthroughs That Change Patients’ Lives 

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products, including innovative medicines and vaccines. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 170 years, we have worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. In the UK, Pfizer has its business headquarters in Surrey and is a major supplier of medicines to the NHS. To learn more about our commitments, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@Pfizer_UK), Facebook (@PfizerUK) and Instagram (@pfizeruk). 

About Science Museum Lates 

Bringing together a host of themed talks, workshops and activities, Science Museum Lates are free adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum every month. Science Museum Lates began in September 2008, and the museum has since hosted over 120 Lates events with  

themes ranging from sexuality and medicine, zombies and Frankenstein, to Zombies and AI. Find out more about past Science Museum Lates events

About Simon Hitchens 

Renowned sculptor and artist Simon Hitchens is known for his large-scale public work. His commissions for private companies, public bodies and town councils are always concerned with the specifics of place whilst retaining the integrity of his sculptural voice. They can be seen in many locations across England. He makes minimal, poetic sculptures that belie the technical difficulty and drama of their making, typically exploring contrasts of all kinds with an economy of means that has become his trademark.