A new exhibition at the Science Museum in London will showcase the latest discoveries in eye research as part of the BBC Tomorrow’s World Live series. Dr Mariya Moosajee, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Private, will lead visitors on a sensory exploration into the science of the eye in her new exhibition, ‘Science of Sight.’
The exhibition is open on 8, 9 and 10 August, with interactive demonstrations and talks that will run daily from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.
The exhibition, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, will include demonstrations on how our eyes work using models, scent and sound boxes and tactile blood cells. Dr Moosajee will also talk about how she is using stem cells to grow 3D models of human eyes to simulate the development of the eye during the first few weeks of life. She hopes that what she learns from this research will help develop the first targeted gene therapy to treat inherited eye diseases which are the leading cause of blindness in children.
Art will be a key feature of the exhibition with sensory pieces on display from the ‘Blind Art’ collection at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Visitors will be encouraged to touch, smell and listen to art to show how it can be created and enjoyed by people with sight loss.
Dr Moosajee said: “We are thrilled to be invited to display our work at the Science Museum. It’s exciting that we will be able to reach people of all ages and showcase some of the ground-breaking research being carried out at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL. Our sight is so important but we want to show that art and science can be enjoyed by everyone. By using tactile art, scent and sound we hope that the exhibition will be accessible to as many people as possible.”
Entry is free to the Science Museum and Science of Sight exhibition. The Tomorrow’s World gallery can be found towards the rear of the main floor, between the restaurant and the IMAX theatre.
Location: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD