The Story of Time

Time is crucial in everyday life in many unexpected ways. In the modern world we expect things to happen quickly, if not instantaneously. The Story of Time explored examples from the world around us where a huge amount happened in a very short time span, and where really not much happens over a very long time, and explored why each event is uniquely fascinating.

“The Story of Time” ran from September 2016 to June 2017 at Oriel Science and included exhibits covering globally relevant research such as the Large Hadron Collider; the world’s most complex scientific experiment designed and built by Welshman Dr Lyn Evans. Showcase pieces included a ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean which connected popular cultural references to time travel with cosmological research. An animated 30m “Time Wall” depicted the Universe’s history and our “Future Wall” asked visitors their thoughts about the science of their future; this piece of citizen art now forms the exhibition’s legacy. Our workshops allowed researchers to deliver public engagement events. ‘Build a Bioblocks’ gave visitors a chance to talk to Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd about Swansea’s ambitious and controversial renewable energy plans, whilst constructing artificial reef ‘bioblocks’ for a community ‘Research as Art’ installation.

We welcomed 16,000 visitors and 1,000 school students to ‘The Story of Time’ providing a conduit between university and community and a place for people to have conversations about contemporary science.