Manchester Central Library to Host 1001 Inventions

Free Event Celebrating UK Chemistry Week

Manchester Science Festival
Manchester Central Library

Join 1001 Inventions at the iconic Manchester Central Library for “1001 Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry”

The event will run from October 30th to November 4th and celebrate Chemistry Week.

Follow in the footsteps of 8th-century alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan through a short animated film, on-stage demonstrations and engaging hands-on workshops.

An exciting range of activities will help visitors unravel mysteries from the science of chemistry, introduce its applications and discover the contributions made to science by some of its lesser-known pioneers.

Families, schools and homeschooling groups are invited to join this FREE event at Manchester Central Library for a fun-filled journey of learning.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Event sponsored by the Ernest Solvay Fund, administered by the King Baudouin Foundation.

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Sessions for families:

– When? 30th & 31st October 2021
– Who? Children aged 7-12 with their parent (due to space limitation only 1 parent is admitted per child)

Saturday, Oct 30

– Session 1: 14:00-15:30
– Session 2: 16:00-17:30

Sunday, Oct 31

– Session 3: 10:00-11:30
– Session 4: 12:00-13:30
– Session 5: 14:30-16:00
– Session 6: 17:00-18:30

NOW FULLY BOOKED (Please use home-schooled groups link)

Sessions for schools and homeschooling groups:

– When? 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th November 2021
– Who? Primary school pupils aged 7-12 (Key Stage 2)

Sessions for schools:

– Schools’ Session 1: 10:00-11:30
– Schools’ Session 2: 12:00-13:30

NOW FULLY BOOKED (Please use home-schooled groups link below)

Daily sessions for home-schooling groups:

– Homeschooling Session 1: 14:30-16:00
– Homeschooling Session 2: 16:30-18:00

HOME-SCHOOLED GROUPS of 15 children, please complete and submit the form on this link.

Please book as soon as possible! Slots are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The event is organised as part of the successful “1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” educational initiative, launched in partnership with UNESCO, to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019). The global educational initiative was launched at UNESCO HQ in Paris in January 2019 and was then featured at the China Science FestivalAll-Russian Science FestivalBerlin Science Week, the Royal Society of Chemistry in London and the Maker Faire Cairo in Egypt. The initiative continues to help inspire a future generation of chemists while promoting diversity and intercultural appreciation online and through global events in partnership with museums, science centres, festivals, schools, and libraries.

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About Manchester Central Library

Central Library is the city’s main library and information service. Situated just off St Peter’s Square, this iconic city venue, designed by E. Vincent Harris, was first opened in 1934. Following a £50m refurbishment in 2010, taking four years, the Grade II listed building has been brought into the 21st century by combining historic features with cutting-edge design. Most of our events take place in the Archives+ area on the ground floor and the performance space on the ground floor.

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and initiatives aiming to spark young people’s interest in science. 1001 Inventions believes in the power of culture and storytelling to encourage innovation and promote diversity and inclusion. As such, 1001 Inventions produces themed transmedia productions uncovering fascinating contributions of lesser-known pioneers from Arab, Asian and other Eastern cultures. Such creative public engagement productions cover a wide array of themes including health and wellbeing, machines and robotics, chemistry and its applications as well as animals and nature.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 450 million people across the globe through effective grassroots outreach as well as working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, the United Nations World Food Programme, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, shorts films, live shows, books and educational resources that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

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