By Ninder Kaur


Science enthusiasts in Bradford have been entertained and educated at a fringe event to conclude the British Science Festival.

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Families made the most of the fun sessions held across the city at the weekend for the add-on event to the British Science Festival.

Bradford College, working in partnership with the University of Bradford, Bradford Council, National Media Museum and the British Science Association delivered a programme involving more than 100 science-focused events and activities.  The British Science Festival was a  huge success, with more than 12,000 people attending events over the main four day festival.

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Clare Lamkin, head of events at Bradford College said:  “There has been something for everybody, from high end research to bringing families together for days like Saturday. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to bring in audiences who wouldn’t normally come in to Bradford.”


Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for Education, Skills and Culture, added: “The British Science Festival in Bradford has been a huge success. There have been so many events running through Bradford making Science fun and educational.”

Among the attractions at Bradford college for British Science Festival Fringe was a drama, Humbug, performed by actors and science staff, telling the story of an arsenic poisoning incident in Bradford in 1858 which claimed 200 lives. There was also an Alternative Second Hand Limb Shop, demonstrating special effects for Casualty-style road traffic accidents, and a Hollywood science exhibition about big film special effects.

A number of science stalls were set up in City Park to help educate and entertain audiences.  Infra red cameras and a wind tunnel drew the crowds at the Cambridge Science Centre stall.

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Volunteers Lr Xaviera Agbor, Eddie Richards, Sabreena Malik

Sabreena Malik who was volunteering at the festival said: “It has been so much fun. We have seen people come from all over to see what the Science festival is all about. We have heard such positive feedback and we can only hope that it returns again next year.”