England North East
Robert Davies, Central Yorkshire Section
From Rock to Pot, Thwaite Mill Museum, Leeds
Saturday 14–Sunday 22 November (Exhibition); Thursday 19 November (Talk)
A display of chemistry-related mineral processing that was carried out by the mill for use in the Leeds potteries will be set up in the warehouse/education space, along with related activities. Members of the committee will volunteer to answer questions from museum visitors. A public talk titled ‘Who gave polymers a bad name?’ will be presented by resident chemist Steven Hutcheon.
Alex Stone, Central Yorkshire Local Section
Chemistry of Fireworks Fizz Bang Demo, Local primary schools or University of Bradford
Saturday 14–Sunday 22 November
Members of the Local Section, who are also students at the University of Bradford, will deliver a show every day during Chemistry Week to local primary schools. There will be a number of chemistry demonstrations, and audiences will be asked to vote on whether it’s a chemical or physical reaction.
Annie Hodgson, Central Yorkshire Local Section
Wild about Chemistry, Snowball Plantation, York
Saturday 14–Sunday 15 or Saturday 21–Sunday 22 November
The overarching aim of the event is to allow young people to engage with chemistry outside of a school context and to see how it underpins many scouting activities and outdoor pursuits. A series of bases will be set out around the site, each run by a chemist and supported by scout leaders. Sample activities will include extracting useful materials from woodland plants, chemistry surrounding fires, and the chemistry of foods.
David Clark, Sheffield & District Local Section
Public Lectures and Schools’ Quiz
The lectures will be delivered by a member of the Local Section on a topic of interest to highlight how chemistry impacts everyday life, and which is aimed at a broad cross section of the public, and intended to be accessible to all levels. The Schools’ Quiz will consist of rounds of questions on a range of chemistry-related topics, and some practical activities to engage the interest of school pupils.
Jane Rigby, Tapton School, Sheffield
Chemistry Week – WATER!! Tapton School and a Tapton School Academy trust primary school
Monday 16–Friday 20 November
The applicants will organise a week of activities for KS3 pupils around the theme of water. This will include activities and experiments to tie into the 2015 Global Experiment; culminating in a water-themed fancy-dress day. The school is intending to extend the events to feeder schools within the academy.
Katy Hewis, Southumbria Local Section
Chalky Walky Talky, Loutton and/or Nettleton (TBC)
Saturday 14 and/or 21 November
A walk for walkers, environmentalists and families to investigate Lincolnshire’s chalk streams. The walk is open to all ages, and will be run in conjunction with a staff member of the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams project. In addition, at the venue there will be a number of hands-on science activities to engage children and adults. These will explore the chemistry of limestone, chalk and lime, and will be in conjunction with a local lime supplier.
Joanna Prentis, Teesside Local Section
Shedding Light on the Durham collection of medieval manuscripts, Senate Room, Durham Castle
Monday 16 November
The public lecture will present the work that Professor Beeby and co-workers have carried out on the medieval manuscripts. The level of chemistry will be such that it is interesting and informative in the context of the manuscripts and their history, but not so advanced that a non-chemist would not be able to follow it. This activity aims to enthuse and inspire the current generation and older who have not followed a chemistry-related career.