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Rozelle's transformed into a science hub

 09 March 2015  |  

South Ayrshire Council's Rozelle House in Ayr will be the hub of an inspirational science event this month with the museum, the grounds and Rozelle Park all being used for people to have fun and learn.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "Science is a really fun subject and Rozelle House in Ayr is a great place to explore the wonderful world of science whether young or just young−hearted. There really is an activity for everyone to learn about colour and how physics, chemistry and biology play an important role in all our lives. Learning about science in a different, enjoyable and entertaining way is sure to get everyone more interested in science, so get the dates in your diary now."

The programme for the event, arranged by South Ayrshire Council in conjunction with the British Science Association includes:

  • Bookbug reading activities (for birth to 4 years) Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 2.15pm (Booking required)
    Bookbug is doing colours at Rozelle for you with Bookbug encouraging parents and children to read together from birth.
  • Colour and Science: stories from the paint box Tuesday 17 March 2015 7pm (Booking required)
    Dr Erma Hermens, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Senior Lecturer in Technical Art at Glasgow University's Technical Art History Group, will look at historical and new pigments used by painters through the centuries, and discuss their origin, invention, manufacturing and use.
  • British Science Week's Demonstration Day Thursday 19 March 6.30pm (Booking required)
    Ben Craven uses his favourite colour experiments to explore the world of colour vision. Find out how to make a black thing look white, how two lights can be the same but different at the same time…and why we are all colour blind. Booking required. 
  • Leona Stewart, Art – practical workshops Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 March 2015 11am to 4pm
    Demonstrations of the science behind glass making, glass fusion and the craft of stained glass − using microwaves.
  • Douglas Inness − photographer – Colours in the Park Sunday 15 and Sunday 22 March 2015 at 2pm (Booking required)
    Fun photography workshops, exploring how best to capture and to use colour in your own photographs using beautiful Rozelle Park as your backdrop. Come weather prepared and bring along your own camera of choice.
  • Ian Jourdan – Optician, Sunday 22 March 2015 at 2pm (Booking required)
    A lecture with audience participation on Ian's innovative work in relation to vision and colour. Booking required.
  • Table top demonstrations exploring the science of colour in physics, biology, using prisms, paint and jam jar
    Available throughout the weekends of the 14 and 15 March 2015 and 21 and 22 March 2015.

There is also a special free exhibition on the theme of the 'Science of Colour' in support of British Science Week on display until 29 March 2015. The exhibition will showcase natural specimens, butterflies and birds, as well as modern art including Bridget Riley's Rose Return and Henry Moore's sculpture Draped Reclining Figure.

For more information about British Science Week events at Rozelle, or to book activities please contact Pamela McIntyre 01292 445447. For more information on exhibitions at Rozelle House go to 

Rozelle House Galleries are open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm. 

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