March 2, 2012 Leave a comment
One of this week’s photoshoots was at Oxford Castle Quarter to promote the launch of Oxfordshire Science Festival. Karen went along to meet with Renee Watson of the Festival and Laura Holland of Diamond Light Source. Images from the DLS Synchrotron are displayed around the site during the Festival, showing the finest details of structures of materials. Renee had brought along a model of the H1N1 flu virus as a prop – thankfully not the real thing – and here’s the team raising the banner for Oxfordshire Science and Diamond Light Source!
The Festival launches officially tomorrow where there will be lots of activities around Oxford City Centre – click for the full story
Diamond Light Source photo exhibition to illuminate Oxford Castle Quarter
Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 18. Admission free.
The national synchrotron in Harwell, one of Britain’s most important scientific facilities, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an outdoor photo exhibition which will light up Oxford Castle Quarter during next month’s Oxfordshire Science Festival.
To illuminate the minds of adults and children, the historic 11th Century castle will showcase the science of tomorrow by displaying a series of 22 landmark images spanning the first decade of the Diamond Light Source.
The synchrotron, a source of incredibly bright light, accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light and can produce X-rays one billion times brighter than the Sun focussed onto a spot smaller than a pin prick.
This powerful light can probe into materials revealing their finest structures and is being used to tackle everything from climate change, to developing new drugs, to combatting diseases such as cancer, malaria and HIV, and for the preservation of important historical artefacts, such as the Tudor warship, TheMary Rose.
The free exhibition will allow members of the public to see amazing images of the synchrotron at work as part of an outdoor photo gallery around Oxford Castle Quarter, itself a ground-breaking facility which was re-designed and re-modelled by Georgian architect William Blackburn, who set out on a pioneering mission to improve prison conditions.
The photo exhibition running from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 18, will be split into three sections; construction, science and results.
One of Oxfordshire’s flagship science institutes, the doughnut shaped facility is operated by Diamond Light Source, a company set up in March 2002 to construct the synchrotron at Harwell, near Didcot.
The Diamond Light Source was officially opened by the Queen five years later in 2007, a year after Oxford Castle Quarter was opened by Her Majesty following after a £40m re-development to turn it into the residential and leisure quarter that you see today with its tourist attraction and heritage and education centre bringing history to life.
Laura Holland, Diamond’s Outreach Manager, comments, “Visitors to our photo gallery will be taken on a journey that charts the five year development of the largest science facility to be built in the UK for 40 years, and celebrates the amazing science that has been achieved during its first five years of operation. The Oxford Castle Quarter is a stunning backdrop for this public exhibition and we are really thrilled to be showcasing 21st Century science around a castle that dates all the way back to the 11th Century.”
A free talk revealing more about the work of the Diamond Light Source, entitled ‘Science brighter than the Sun’, will be held in the Oxford Castle Quarter’s Key Learning Centre on Sunday, March 11 at 2pm.
Oxford Castle Quarter Events and Marketing Manager Sarah Mayhew said: “We are delighted to be holding this important exhibition of discovery and hope it inspires both children and adults to find out more about the ground-breaking science taking place in Oxfordshire.
“As a site of social reform for the treatment of prisoners many years ago, it seems apt that Oxford Castle Quarter is playing host to an exhibition on scientific advancements the content of which aims to help all of mankind.”
The Diamond Light Source photo exhibition will be displayed at the Oxford Castle Quarter from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 18. Admission free.
Contacts: Oxford Castle: Karen David on mobile 07989 439291, 01865 512662, firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Walker 07519 939284. Oxford Castle Events and Marketing Manager, Sarah Mayhew on mobile 07940 287 967, 01865 201 657 or at email@example.com