Cloud Chamber Workshop

Witness beautiful trails made by cosmic particles that are constantly passing through us as they hurtle across our world.

Witness beautiful trails made by cosmic particles that are constantly passing through us as they hurtle across our world.

Make your own mini cloud chamber from simple materials and see a larger cloud chamber in action.

The cloud chamber gives us a glimpse into the invisible world of particles produced in the radioactive decay of naturally occurring elements and those generated when cosmic rays strike the top of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Using a sealed plastic container, some pure alcohol and dry ice you will create a super-saturated environment where the invisible charged particles ionize the vapour in its path triggering a condensation process in the ‘cloud’. We will discuss how a cloud chamber works and think about other particles such as dark matter that scientists are unable to detect at present. Led by artist Susan Eyre

Susan Eyre is interested in the unseen activity of matter in the universe and intangible things which cannot be explained in terms of materiality, such as the aura of place and the dream of paradise. She is led by a curiosity about how we encounter the physical and the spiritual world, looking at similarities in our search to understand the origin of the universe through religious belief, mythology and physics.

The workshops will last 1 hour with 16 places available. Please book by calling the museum on: 01287 642877.

Under 14’s should be accompanied by an adult.