Milton Keynes Central Library to Host 1001 Inventions

Free Event Celebrating the City of Codes and Light Festival

Join 1001 Inventions to the “Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” event from October 4th to 7th at Milton Keynes Central Library, as part of the City of Codes and Light Festival.

Follow in the footsteps of 8th-century alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan through a short animated film, on-stage demonstrations weaved in a theatrical performance and hands-on workshops. An exciting range of activities will unravel some mysteries from the science of chemistry, and introduce its applications and the contributions to science by lesser-known pioneers to help promote creativity, diversity and inclusion.

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

The event is made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

When? 4th to 7th October 2023

Where: Milton Keynes Central Library📚

Who? 7-12 years old with their parents and teachers🧒🏽👦🏻👩‍🏫

Sessions for schools on 4th, 5th and 6th October at the following times:

– 10:00-11:30

– 12:00-13:30

For schools’ booking, please complete the form on this link.

Sessions for families and homeschooling groups on 4th, 5th, 6th October at the following times:

– 12:00-13:30 

– 14:30-16:00 

– 16:30-18:00 

On Saturday 7th October at the following times:

– 9:00-10:30

– 11:00-12:30

– 13:30-15:00

– 15:30-17:00

For homeschooling groups booking, please complete the form on this link.

For family booking, please book your tickets on this link:


Please book as soon as possible!

Slots are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis

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, Manchester Central Library 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.

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.

About the City of Codes and Light Festival

Organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture (MKIAC), the FREE four-day festival of innovation, art, science, and technology will together creative and inspirational workshops, educational symposiums and unforgettable performances.

Running from the 4th to the 7th of October, the festival will host an array of workshops, academic seminars, thought talks, and artist-commissioned installations including STEM activities by award-winning organisation 1001 Inventions.


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