Beauty in Science exhibition at The Storey in Lancaster

University Beauty in Science exhibition.
University Beauty in Science exhibition.

The delicate exquisiteness of frost flowers, a captivating aurora seen through a fish eye lens and the fascinating flow of lava will feature in a new exhibition designed to enthrall all.

The exhibition, the first of its kind for Lancaster University, will bring gown to town at The Storey in a spectacular collection designed to inspire, intrigue and surprise.

‘The Beauty in Science’ will feature 100 curious images capturing all aspects of science research from the gamut of science departments at Lancaster University.

Not all the pictures are quite so tasteful – an invasion of parasites in a sand fly gut provides an interesting image – but all are guaranteed to capture attention.

The three-week-long display, in the Storey’s main Gallery and Music Room, will also feature a free programme of engaging short talks by accomplished speakers covering everything from modelling a heartbeat to tracking down where the rain goes.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Dr Hannah Newton, a Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre, who was inspired by a similar show at the Manchester Science Festival.

Dr Newton, who is heading up the exhibition team, said: “We want to bring science to life for people who might not consider themselves ‘sciencey’ but who have a natural curiosity and who will appreciate the exhibition.”

The free show, funded by Lancaster University Research Committee, will feature a combination of photographs, digital displays, slide shows, time lapse sequences, sound bites and model animations.

“We want a wide spectrum of people to walk through the doors,” added Dr Newton.

“We would love schools and colleges to come along to see what we do and we would really like to engage with the business community too

‘The Beauty in Science’ opens to the public on Friday September 20 until Saturday October 12.

To book a free visit, please register at the Visitor Information Centre in The Storey. To find out more please contact Dr Hannah Newton on 01524 593993, or go to