The Tale of Two Tunnels
Location: Tate Hall Museum, second floor
If you invented a giant machine – what would it do? Unlock the secrets of the Universe? Treat cancer? Generate energy?
The University of Liverpool has launched a new project to connect the local community to the world-class science taking place on their doorsteps.
The Tale of Two Tunnels idea was conceived by Dr Chris Edmonds, a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, who says: “Liverpool plays a significant role in some of the world’s largest scientific collaborations, working on questions ranging from ‘what happened at the very beginning of time’ to ‘how can we improve cancer treatment. By working together to create the story of this machine we want to welcome the people of Liverpool into this global scientific community.”
The Tale of Two Tunnels project aims to connect people of all ages with world-class accelerator science through a series of art workshops culminating in a unique exhibition. It is inspired by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and is a unique science trail, telling the story of a particle accelerator built in Liverpool.
The route, which includes Liverpool Lime Street station, Liverpool’s World Museum and the Victoria Gallery & Museum, features interactive installations. An app enables visitors to find out more about the big questions about the universe that Liverpool scientists are exploring through particle accelerators, such as the LHC and it will also provide background information on accelerator science.
Scattered over six venues, each highlighting a different element of the accelerator process, the trail covers:
- Wirral Loop line stations. Each of the four stations will represent the four detectors of the Large Hadron Collider, and each will focus on a different area of physics
- The World Museum – transforming an area into the accelerator control room and looking at how accelerators are used in medicine
- Victoria Gallery and Museum – tracking the history of accelerators and Liverpool’s contributions
You will be able to visit the sites for a whole year, viewing the exhibitions and picking up items to make your own model accelerator along the way.
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