Explore wonder of light at Leeds museum

Ruth Leach, curator of the museum with one of the light colour mixing exhibits.
Ruth Leach, curator of the museum with one of the light colour mixing exhibits.
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A new science-filled exhibition is set to be an illuminating experience for families across the city as it showcases the wonder of light.

‘Light Lab’ is now open at Leeds City Museum where visitors can explore in-depth how the human race has used and made light across the centuries.

The hands-on experience will answer a number of key questions through light-based experiments, including how light travels and what happens when you mix different coloured lights.

To guide visitors through the history of light, a range of objects and treasures from across the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection will be on display such as paintings of gas-lit Leeds by artist John Atkinson Grimshaw and a Bronze Age lamp.

Science fans can also turn their faces upside down in a human kaleidoscope, try their hand at creating a shadow puppet show and twist and turn their reflections on a mirror wall. Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “The mysteries of light will be fully explored and brought to life through a range of fascinating displays that will be fun, occasionally strange but always educational.

“Open throughout the Easter and May half-term holidays don’t miss out on your chance to find out about the wonders of light at the fantastic and free Leeds City Museum.”

Ruth Leach, exhibitions curator at Leeds Museums and Galleries said: “We’re really excited about this latest family-friendly exhibition.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the real range of our collection, and to show people how important a role light plays in our everyday lives.”

The exhibition runs until June 21 and coincides with the 2015 UNESCO International Year of Light.

For more information, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuse