Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, Sheffield Central Library hosted ‘Harry Potter: A history of magic’ – an exhibition created in association with the British Library.
Dr Joanna Buckley, our education coordinator from the University of Sheffield, delivered a hands-on lecture looking at the chemistry behind Honeydukes; the sweetshop where confectionary for all tastes tempts you to part with your Galleons, Sickles and Knuts.
Celebrating Chemistry Week, this sold-out family friendly talk explored sweets that make you levitate, lollipops that burn holes in your tongue, chocolate toads that hop realistically in your stomach and jelly beans that sometimes taste of ear wax! The audience loved the chance to make and taste their own versions of these famous sweets, find out more about the chemistry of taste and play the weirdest game of Russian Roulette ever, featuring some disgustingly weird flavours!
Chemistry Week is an annual celebration of the chemical sciences, centred around our members sharing their passion with public audiences. In 2017 it took place from 20–26 November, and the theme was 'Global Science'. Members were able to apply for grants from our Outreach Fund to organise activities.
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