Phosphorescence Workshops

Experiment with phosphorescent powder and laser lights, and make your own glow in the dark paper to create exciting patterns and images.

Experiment with phosphorescent powder and laser lights. Make your own glow in the dark paper and activate it with laser light to create exciting patterns and images. Hear about the development of Melanie King's 'Pulsar Oscilloscope' which uses a phosphorescent spinning disk to visualise data captured during dark matter detection research.

Explore how phosphorescence works, and discover where it can be found in the natural world. Led by artist Melanie King.

Melanie King’s research is concerned with the visual language that is currently associated with astronomy and how astronomical images are mediated by institutions such as NASA / ESA before being published for consumption by the public. She explores these ideas through direct interactions with celestial objects using photography, video and sound/frequency visualisation techniques. Recent projects include photographic etchings made from meteorite fragments, an oscilloscope fed by pulsar data, daguerreotypes of the planet Mercury and a series of photographic prints caused by the sun, moon and stars. Melanie is currently studying towards a PhD at the Royal College of Art.

The workshops will last 1 hour with 20 places available. Please book by calling the museum on: 01287 642877.