The Box: Building a Martian House

Imagine you could build a house on Mars. What would life be like? What would your home need? 

Artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent are back with their ten year project to design, develop and create a house that explores what humans will need to live on Mars. Step inside the Box gallery to learn more about their work, the hostile conditions on the red planet, and to feed in your ideas to the design process. 

Daily workshops

There's not a lot of space in a rocket. Work together to decide which of our household objects you would pack in your Mars kit-bag. Can you use them to meet the challenges of life in the cold, dusty Martian environment ? Join our Live Science Team for daily workshops and discover just how resourceful you can be! See the boards for times on arrival or ask at the front desk.  

Meet the artists 

Ella and Nicki and engineers from the University of Bristol will be running special workshops on the 22, 23 and 26 of August.  Come and help them decide how the house might be constructed, explore how we could generate electricity, take care of waste and grow plants for food.

All workshops are drop-in and included in general admission.


More info 

Read more about Ella and Nicki's project here


This summer, all of our Live Science activities explore the positive actions we can take to protect our planet.

The summer programme is part of our long-term commitment to building a sustainable future. On the 5 June this year, We The Curious declared a climate emergency, joining other institutions in recognising the urgency to act and pledging to become carbon neutral by 2030. You can read more about this here.  



Photo credit: Ella Good and Nicki Kent 


8 Jun - 24 Nov

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