Educational charity We The Curious, based in Bristol, is reopening after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions with a bold new experience Project What If. It is running from May – July 2021 and features the ‘John James Theatre of Curiosity’ – a central discussion space which encourages visitors to explore how science works.
Through the ‘The A-Z of Secrecy’ visitors are able to explore issues around secrecy, power and ignorance through a set of themed boxes, and help develop a new collection of objects which will support researchers and the public to build a better understanding of how these concepts impact on our day to day lives.
Dr Elspeth Van Veeren, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Bristol and SPIN co-ordinator said: “The team of researchers at SPIN are absolutely delighted to be working with We the Curious to develop a new set of activities. Understanding the power of secrecy and ignorance seems more relevant than ever in a time of online misinformation, conspiracies, revelations of government and corporate secrets, and a growing awareness of longstanding collective cultural amnesias. We’re excited to work with new audiences of all ages to further those conversations.”