Wellcome Trust - Festival of Science - Wonder Street Fair

Janice Barr (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


Wellcome Trust - Wonder Street Fair- BNA Festival of Neuroscience - Beastly Brains

As part of the British Neuroscience Association international meeting, the Wellcome Trust showcased neuroscience to the public in collaboration with the Barbican Centre with activities and lectures. The Roslin Institute were successful in gaining funding(£950.00) from the Wellcome Trust to provide an activity, Beastly Brains, which explained some of our research in neurobiology and sought to extend the publics knowledge of animal brains. My idea was to explain by activities and dialogue that animals have brains too (as it was within the BNA conference time most of the empahsis was on humans). This included booklets with animal brain facts, brain beanbags demonstrating the different weights of animal brains, MRI image video of various animal brains(donated by Dr Tobias Schwarz R(D)VS). As part of a demonstration of scrapie in sheep as a model of TSE disease, I made a soft toy(shuggie the sheep) model of the transmission of scrapie through the body to the brain which children were encouraged to "disect'' as pathologists(dressing up in gowns etc.). The folded protein aspect of TSEs was further explained by "make your own protein bracelets'' and microscope slides. A total of 16 people from Edinburgh Neuroscience were involved as the exhibition ran over a few days from midmorning to late evening. An estimated 5000 people attended the exhibition.
Period7 Mar 201311 Mar 2013
Event typeExhibition
LocationBarbican Centre, London, United Kingdom


  • wellcome trust
  • Beastly Brains
  • Wonder Street Fair