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Lates

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Cancer Revolution Lates: Wednesday 25 May 2022 

Join us for a special Lates this May to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope. There’ll be fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops, and a new interactive artwork from sculptor Simon Hitchens—'Physis'—that will be on display for just one night as part of this special Lates. 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.

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights will be here for you to enjoy, including a medical pub quiz and the best silent disco in town.

Download the map and guide for this month's Lates

Highlights

How can we beat health inequality? 

Why are some groups of people far more likely to develop and die from cancer than others?  Is it more than just biology? 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. 

The Coppafeel Boobettes

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.

Can home testing tackle cervical cancer?

Meet the team of doctors, engineers and community activists working together to tackle cervical cancer. Could robust and simple home-testing kits stop this easily preventable but stubbornly prevalent cancer?

Reviving the joy of eating

Ryan Riley is the founder of Life Kitchen, a cookery school for people whose senses of taste and smell have been seriously impacted by cancer related treatment or COVID. Join him for a cookery demonstration and hear about the science behind their mission to help people enjoy food again.

Meet a scientist

Bring your curiosity and chat to some of the incredible scientists from the Francis Crick Institute who are working at the forefront of cancer research. Discover what life in the lab is like and get hands-on with the tools they use in their daily work.

Life Time: A Q&A with Russell Foster

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

Lab Coat Art: Telling cancer patients' stories

Meet the team from the Institute of Cancer Research and take a look at three unique lab coats. These garments have been transformed by artist Rosalind Wyatt to incorporate hand-stitched messages and drawings from children and adults with rare and hard-to-treat cancers. Join in to write and draw your own messages about cancer. 

Regular Events

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. Entry £3 per person (card payments only)—tickets available in the Exploring Space gallery on the night.

Museum Wonders

Meet our curators who will explore how the idea of wellbeing is reflected in the Science Museum’s collections. Craft your own ‘wellbeing kit’ out of museum objects from a variety of museum collections from the Medicine collections to Industrial Chemistry!

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world. With 50 mind-blowing marvels of science to enjoy, Wonderlab is an experience unlike any other. Special Lates price—only £5!

Food and drink

Energy Hall Bar, Level 0

Get the night started and be the first to try our range of cocktail, wine, beer and soft drinks.

Energy Café, Level 0

Head to the Energy Café for stone-baked pizzas, bao buns with shredded duck, basil pesto and vine tomato gnocchi and sweet potato fries. 

Making the Modern World Bar, Level 0 

Our hot dog pop-up serves all tastes, with a variety of topping options from bacon crumbs to rainbow slaw. Beers, wines, ciders and soft drinks also available. 

THE DINER, LEVEL 0

While taking part in the pub quiz, enjoy a wide range of drinks available throughout the night. 

Shake Bar, Level 3

Our famous milkshake bar gets enhanced at night with a range of alcoholic shakes. Beers, wines, and soft drinks also available.

Tickets

  • All Lates visitors will need to pre-book a free or VIP ticket in advance, to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit
  • General admission tickets are free and timeslots start from 18.45
  • VIP tickets are £10, with early entry timeslots starting from 18.15, and include a free drink as well as 15% off in the museum shop on the night

Future Lates

Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.

Dates to be confirmed.

These themes are subject to change but we can guarantee that each night will be fun and entertaining.

Part of the Science Museum Group