FREE Discovery Day: The Wonder Women of STEM

Celebrate International Day for Women and Girls in Science at our family friendly discovery day.

Get hands-on with activities led by local women in STEM and find out who their unsung heroes are. Meet Mary Anning and discover fossils on our handling table, follow in the footsteps of Rosalind Franklin in our DNA workshop, look closely under the microscope with Brighton Bird Group and learn about local marine life with Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Event Details


Fossil Shark Tooth, BG017006

Meet Mary Anning

Meet Mary Anning the collector who discovered the first ichthyosaur fossils on the Jurassic coast. Find out how she made her discoveries and investigate REAL fossils with her Assistant Geologist

Steve Dunleavy from Lake Tahoe, NV, United States [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Scuba diver with Manta Ray. Steve Dunleavy from Lake Tahoe, NV, United States [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons
Our Living Seas

Handle real marine objects from the Booth Museum collections and investigate UK Sea life with a fun activity with Sussex Wildlife Trust

Rap ‘N’ Rhymers – 11pm-12pm

Brilliant performances of original poetry inspired by the Booth Collections, written and performed by young writers of the ‘Rap’n’Rhymers’ clubs at Hertford Junior School and Carden Primary School and hosted by local poet and teacher, Kay Walton

rosalind-franklin-microscope-photographMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Rosalind Franklin with Microscope. Laboratory of Molecular Biology [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons
DNA pendent workshop – (afternoon only)

Learn how to extract DNA like Rosalind Franklin,the woman who made a crucial contribution to the discovery of DNA. Keep it safe in your very own pendant to take home*

Feathers under the microscope

Find out about the women who started the The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and discover how birds fly by investigating feathers under the microscope.

* Please note, this activity has limited spaces available, but there will be lots other drop-in activities throughout the day.






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