Don’t miss our Magic Mirror at the Science Museum!

Feb 23, 2020

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Unleash your competitive side at the Science Museum this month with Sweat, Tears and Triumph Lates, held in collaboration with Sport Relief. Learn how to throw a mean punch with The Boxing Academy, see Savage Skills stunt riders perform and get ready for a bout with Muslim Girls Fence.

Hear from celebrities Harry Judd, Charlie Webster and Kimberley Walsh as they explore the positive impact sport has had on their lives. Find out from the founder of parkrun how the event has brought people together and discover the impact physical activity can have on your mental health.

All this and much more, including a guided tour of our object conservation lab, the chance to take a Kilimanjaro summit selfie and our famous intergalactic silent disco. Plus, you can check out exhibitions Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives and Illuminating India after-hours.

Sweat, Tears and Triumph Lates
Wednesday 28 February, 18.45 – 22.00
#smlates @sciencemuseum

Get Fit, Get Happy: How Harry Judd Overcame Anxiety
At the height of his pop fame with McFly, Harry Judd struggled with crippling anxiety. A decade on, he talks with Ade Adepitan MBE about adapting and surviving, and about his new book of advice for others living with the condition.

Foiling Inequality
Muslim Girls Fence is an exciting initiative that challenges stereotypes and seeks to raise sporting aspirations among young Muslim women. You’ll be able to see some fantastic fencers in action and have a go yourself!

Life After Near-Death
After a 5000 km cycle trek across Brazil, Team GB Ambassador and Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster was struck down with cerebral malaria. Find out about her recovery from this terrifying near-death experience and how she’s dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Conquering Kilimanjaro
An exclusive Q&A with Kimberley Walsh in conversation with Ade Adepitan MBE as she recounts her experience taking part in the 2009 BT Red Nose Climb. Hear how she overcame extreme physical and mental adversity, reached the summit and raised over a million pounds for Comic Relief.

Summit Selfies
Climb your way to the top of Kilimanjaro and take your very own summit selfie next to the famous Uhuru Peak with Sport Relief. Well, almost.

In 2004, Paul Sinton-Hewitt was an injured runner looking for a way to get his friends together. Paul set up a free 5k event in a London park and invited 13 of his friends for a run and a coffee – fast forward to 2018 and 2.7 million people across the world have joined in. Discover how Paul went about creating this unique event and the story behind the popularity of parkrun.

Boxing Clever
Unleash your inner Rocky and learn how to take a punch at this live demonstration by The Boxing Academy: an alternative education pathway for students aged 14-16 at risk of exclusion from school.

Extreme Extravaganza
Lates brings Savage Skills riders – a freestyle mountain bike stunt team – back to the Museum by popular demand. They’ll be hosting a number of extreme stunt shows throughout the evening with a selection of the world’s best stunt riders in attendance.

Through the Augmented Magic Mirror by 3rockAR
Take a step-in front of a Magic Mirror and leap into augmented reality. Experience a fun high-altitude environment filled with polar bears, snow leopards and maybe even the odd Yeti.

GSK vs Malaria: An Interactive Experience
GSK are going big in the fight against Malaria. Explore, play and learn as you take on a batak wall, test your knowledge in a malaria quiz and even encounter a giant mosquito!

Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives
Antibiotic resistance is the theme of new exhibition Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives. From farmers changing practices in commercial agriculture to researchers tackling drug-resistant infections, this exhibition looks at the individuals doing battle with superbugs.

England Disability Cricket Demo
Come and meet some of England’s top Visually Impaired & Physical Disability (VI/PD) Cricketers and Coaches, for a demo and discussion about their cricket careers. Plus, experience what it’s like to play VI/PD cricket and receive coaching from the best in the business.

Should bad health habits exempt you from the NHS? What is the future of recreational drugs? Should Olympians with prosthetics be allowed to compete against able bodied athletes? Discuss these topics and more at round table discussion Talkaoke.

Beat the Odds
Inherited heart conditions can affect anyone. Curiously, some conditions are more common in athletes. Join us to learn more about the relationship between these life-threatening diseases and sport.

What is Animal Therapy?
Get to experience first-hand the practice of Animal Therapy is as we get up close and personal with snakes, tortoises and rabbits. Discover the science behind why getting hands on with animals can be so therapeutic for mind and body.

Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Tour of the Conservation Lab
Come and see where the team treat and care for the museum’s collection of weird and wonderful objects. The conservators have an exciting life trying to prevent things from being eaten by bugs, falling apart and making them look great for the public. This is a unique opportunity to meet the team, see the lab and the work they carry out.

Silent Disco
Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.

Illuminating India
Explore the two free exhibitions from the Illuminating India season, 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857-2017. 5000 Years of Science and Innovation reveals the remarkable history of Indian innovation and discovery while Photography 1857-2017 is
filled with sumptuous images capturing India before, during and after Partition taken by a range of iconic photographers.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake
Embark on an out–of–this–world virtual reality mission and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. With Tim Peake as your guide, retrace the 400-km high–speed journey back to Earth from the International Space Station.
Half price at Lates. Tickets can be booked online in advance or at any ticket desk on the night.


Wednesday 28 February, 18.45 – 22.00
Entry to Lates is FREE, and for ages 18+
Follow the event on twitter via #smLates and tweets from @sciencemuseum

For more information contact Freya Barry, Science Museum Press Office on: 0207 942 4327 or


About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. Find out more at

About Sport Relief
Sport Relief brings the nation together to get active, raise money and change lives. Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £335 million. The money raised by the public will be spent by Comic Relief to tackle the critical issues affecting people across the UK and the world. This year, Sport Relief culminates in a week of activity from Saturday 17th to Friday 23rd March, leading to an unmissable night of TV on the BBC.
About Comic Relief
Comic Relief is a UK charity which aims to create a just world, free from poverty – where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people both at home in the UK and across the world. For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

About Discover South Kensington
Discover South Kensington brings together the Science Museum and other leading cultural and educational organisations to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is the home of science, arts and inspiration. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day.

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