Illness constellation

If you've visited us before, you'll notice that Project What If is a little different from our previous exhibitions. The experience is inspired by questions from real people and has been shaped by many voices. 


As a result, Project What If explores the human side of science. As well as traditional science content, it includes individual stories and touches on subjects that you might find unusual in a science centre, such as religion, sexuality, illness and mental health. 


One of the clusters of exhibits covers the sensitive topic of illness. At the back of the ground floor, you’ll find a large, lit photographic installation which explores the idea of illness and representation with photographic illustrations of people with self-defined illnesses.


In some cases, it may be useful to see this information in advance of your visit, so that you’re prepared for any conversations you may have during your visit with us.


22 May - 31 Mar


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About the images


The images are the work of artist Jack Powley. If you’d like to explore the images and the contributor’s stories further in your own way, you can find more information on Jack’s website. There are also further images of each of the people represented in the photos on the floor.  


When you’re in the venue, you can chat to our Live Science Team about any of the content that you see. Please get in touch if you'd like further info.