Science - In the spotlight

17th February 2012 at 00:00

A melting pot of pills and potions

Watch out for the Royal Holloway, University of London science open day on 25 February, an annual event that aims to bring out the scientist in us all.

The college was founded by Thomas Holloway in 1879, who is renowned for manufacturing pills and ointments for those who couldn't afford expensive visits to the doctor.

Pupils, their families and teachers can take part in a number of hands-on activities exploring the world of medicine, from making lozenges to Lego robotics and an installation by artist Flora Parrott inspired by the treatments that made Holloway famous.

Katie Maggs, curator of medicine at the Science Museum, will discuss the museum's collection of Victorian medical curiosities, while those with an entrepreneurial streak can have a go at designing their own medicine brand.

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