A match with chemistry

16 September 2014

The Royal Institution, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Harrogate International Festivals bring the Modern Alchemist touring lecture to Harrogate.

A spectacular display of fireballs and amazing chemical reactions feature at the event, sponsored by the Royal Institution and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The show, which takes place on 13 October, is free to schools across the region at 1.30pm at The Royal Hall, Harrogate. Discounted entry will be available to families and the general public for the early evening performance at 7pm.

The Modern Alchemist tour follows the popular 2012 Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution presented by University of Cambridge chemist, Dr Peter Wothers. The series, shown on BBC Four over Christmas, proved so successful that the Royal Institution and Dr Wothers teamed up with the Royal Society of Chemistry to put on a touring lecture show.

The medieval alchemists never revealed the secrets of their mystical potions and fire-breathing creations. This live show takes their stunts and sense of spectacle created for their royal masters into the 21st Century.

Today’s chemists can perform equally impressive feats, but they do so to explain and explore the extreme frontiers of our material world.

Dominic McDonald, Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach programme Manager, said: The Modern Alchemist tour is an opportunity to build on the work Peter did with the Royal Society of Chemistry during the development of the 2012 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

I think it’s hugely important to engage new audiences with chemistry, which is also one of the fundamental principles of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Royal Charter and the work of the RI.

Perhaps most importantly, this energetic tour is packed with fun for everyone to enjoy.


Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, said: Science has gone from geek to chic and stepped out of the lab in recent years. It’s the Brian Cox effect. Chemistry is one of the most dramatic, exciting and literally explosive of sciences and it’s a brilliant way to get children engaged with the mechanics of how our world works. It’s really exciting to be bringing educational shows with the Festival to Harrogate that could ignite new passion for science, but are also all about having fun. The show derives from the renowned Christmas Lectures, so adults are also welcome to come and experience the evening show.

Monday 13th October, Royal Hall | 7pm, Tickets: £12 Adults, £5 Children. To book online visit: http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/ or call the Box Office on 01423 562 303

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