Iris Festival of Ancient and Modern Science

Tuesday 7th February 2017, 3 - 7pm

We are delighted to announce that the we are holding a Festival of Ancient and Modern Science on Tuesday 7th February 2017, 3 - 7pm at Cheney School.

This is an Iris Classics Centre event, open to all, where visitors are able to see the museum exhibits.

This event is a celebration of ancient and modern science, and areas of the school will be themed on different areas of scientific understanding, with a very wide range of organisations offering activities, stalls and events which explore ancient and modern connections.

All ages are welcome to attend - there will be activities, performances, stalls and events suitable for every age range. There will also be outdoor bird demonstrations with the Department of Zoology, and stargazing with Professor Allan Chapman. School groups are very welcome to attend - please email to book.

The Festival will be opened by Professor Robert Winston, and from 3 - 5.45pm there will be activities, demonstrations, stalls and exhibitions, and a walk-through exhibition in the Library. There will also be re-enactments, music and drama performances.

We are also hosting the following talks from authors and experts:

  • 3 - 3.30pm - Professor Robert Winston opens the festival
  • 3.45 - 4.15pm - Kyle Grant: "Growing Plants on Mars"
  • 4.30 - 5pm - Ben Kane: "Archimedes and Ancient Weaponry"
  • 5.15 - 5.45pm - Professor Helen King: "What’s wrong with me? Symptoms and labels in Hippocratic medicine"
  • 6 - 6.45pm - Professor Anthony Grayling: "The Science of the Presocratic Philosophers"


A brochure containing full details of stalls, exhibitions, activities, speakers, and performances can be downloaded here  (6MB).

The festival itself does not require booking unless you are a bringing a group. Author talks and Professor Winston do need to be booked, and can be done so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating which talk(s) you would like to attend in the title.

If you would like to be involved in helping out at the festival, we would be delighted to hear from you.