Science festival is an innovation

Toby Brickwell with a Morgan concept car

Toby Brickwell with a Morgan concept car

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by

WONDERS from the world of science were revealed to the public during a special festival.

The Festival Of Innovation, at Wroughton Science Museum, was a free event celebrating technology and innovation of the past, present and future.

The event on Saturday and Sunday saw more than 10,000 people descend on the airfield at Wroughton, right.

Highlights included demonstrations of “green” technology from electric motorbikes, facts about the first zero-carbon race at the Isle of Man TT to the hydrogen fuel cell car the DAF 44.

Visitors packed out the museum’s library to watch a presentation on the jet and hybrid rocket Bloodhound.

Mike Woloschuk, 23, said the event was a fantastic opportunity to come face to face with the museum’s never-before-seen technological gems.

“I came purely for the Bloodhound really,” said Mike, from Stanton St Quintin, near Chippenham.

“But I wasn’t quite expecting so much to be here.

“I had a good look around the green motorbikes but felt really guilty about my own very non-eco motorcycle at home.

“I really enjoyed it and the whole thing was a great learning experience for all ages.”

James and Janet Smith travelled from Kidlington, in Oxfordshire, to take a look around the science museum’s collection of motor vehicles.

James, a vintage car enthusiast, said: “I would love this to be an annual thing because we are so lucky to have the museum here with all its treasures.

“I would love to take my grandchildren as there is so much that they could do and learn.

“And I would love to take a peek in the other hangars too.”

Sue Dewey, the senior project manager at Wroughton Science Museum, said she was thrilled by the amount of interest the event drew.

“We’d love it to be an annual event,” she said.

“This could be such a huge event which really puts Swindon on the map.

“If the weekend footfall is anything to go by it is really something people want to see.”

Only two of the museum’s large storage hangars were open at the event but Motorola installed hi-tech camera equipment in the sealed off storage areas so visitors could still browse via video link.

Sue said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the response to this year’s event and hope with the continued support of our visitors and sponsors we can make this a growing annual event.”

For more information about Wroughton Science Museum, call 01793 846200 or visit www.science museum.org. uk/wroughton.

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7:50pm Mon 14 Sep 09

bilzinusa says...

And when will the next one be please ?
And when will the next one be please ? bilzinusa
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8:39am Tue 15 Sep 09

Synergie says...

A most enjoyable day out!. The reporter forgot to mention the vintage (and modern) motorcycle time trials on the old runway. The sight, sound and smell of modern dragsters running on Methanol/ Nitrous oxide achieving 153 mph plus in a quarter mile standing start.....the electric TTXGP bikes managed around 95 mph. I even had a chat with Chris Heath, winner of the 2009 IOM electric TT race.

Had I not been elsewhere on the Sunday I would have gone again....there was just too much to see on one day. And all that for a fiver a car entrance charge. The suntan was free.

A brilliant event!. more please!

(Electric biker)
A most enjoyable day out!. The reporter forgot to mention the vintage (and modern) motorcycle time trials on the old runway. The sight, sound and smell of modern dragsters running on Methanol/ Nitrous oxide achieving 153 mph plus in a quarter mile standing start.....the electric TTXGP bikes managed around 95 mph. I even had a chat with Chris Heath, winner of the 2009 IOM electric TT race. Had I not been elsewhere on the Sunday I would have gone again....there was just too much to see on one day. And all that for a fiver a car entrance charge. The suntan was free. A brilliant event!. more please! (Electric biker) Synergie
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