On Thursday 24 February 2022, for one night only, physicists from Nottingham Trent University took over Nottingham Castle.

People look at a table of scientific equipment in the Art Gallery at Nottingham Castle.

Dr David Fairhurst brought together a group of academics and students to deliver a really successful late-night takeover of the Castle. We welcomed over 200 members of the local community to participate in activities and experiments ranging from exploring the night sky to seeing how an image could be used to create a sound.

A man crouches down to look through a telescope.

Young scientists brilliantly communicated complex research in an accessible way and with such enthusiasm, creating a highly memorable evening for visitors of all ages.

A physicist points to a monitor with Wedgwood pottery in the background.

The Late event followed on from the installation of a Physics Lab in one of our galleries, staffed by students undertaking research with the general public. The physics students were considered ‘curious rebels’ and invited visitors to celebrate their own curious side. The Lab was a highly animated space within our galleries, and illustrated the connection between creativity and scientific rigour. Perhaps some visitors may have thought science wasn’t for them, but Curious Rebels demonstrated relevance, encouraged dialogue and piqued interest.

We were delighted to host an event that encouraged anyone with a curious mind to take part, to learn, to think differently, and to have lots of fun.

Discover what Dr David Fairhurst, students and visitors had to say to about the Curious Rebels Late.