Dundee Science Centre’s new Medical Marvels exhibition and science learning suite, the result of a £2M fundraising campaign, opened to the public at Dundee Science Centre on Monday 2nd July, coinciding with the centre’s 18th birthday.
After several months of construction and fit-out, the redevelopment doubles the upper floor space through a mezzanine extension.
Recognising the past, present and future of medical science, visitors will approach the Medical Marvels exhibition through a medical curiosities wall showcasing genuine artefacts ranging from a rib scraper and glass eye insertor to 19th Century surgical toolkits. Alongside more modern advances, the artefacts are on loan from the University of Dundee Tayside Medical History Museum archives.
The high-tech clinical exhibition features a virtual anatomy table that allows visitors to select scenarios, from a how the heart pumps to ageing, and realistically explore the different layers of the human body. There is also the chance to examine your veins with the vein finder and discover how we can see inside the body through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), exploring how disease can be diagnosed and treated through minimally-invasive techniques. With a strong link to innovations rooted in Dundee, the exhibition is underpinned by the work of Dundee’s Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT), University of Dundee and NHS Tayside.
Inside the operating theatre, visitors can try out ‘surgery’ on interactive torsos, from the first cut of the scalpel to stitching up the wound. Visitors can also test real-life techniques used in medical training and learn about the future of exploratory medicine using a range of interactive exhibits.
Complementing the visitor experience, the redevelopment will also provide a much improved ‘home’ for the Science Learning Institute, housing ‘Inspire’, an adaptable 80-seat space for seminars and exciting live science shows, alongside the ‘Innovate’ classroom which can accommodate an entire class of around 30 school pupils for teacher / scientist collaborative working. The development has also included the creation of new meeting facilities and offices, to enable Dundee Science Centre’s team to work with partner organisations across the city to continue to create new learning programmes for its diverse range of visitors.
As an independent educational charity, these spaces will enable Dundee Science Centre to widen their reach within Dundee and Tayside to engage a variety of audiences in exciting and inspiring science activities.
Alan Booth and Adam Copeland of Ryden's Project Management team have been working with Dundee Science Centre since 2017 to deliver the new 'Medical Marvels' exhibition space.
Medical Marvels is included as part of normal admission to Dundee Science Centre.
For more information, visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.