A close up image of a centrifuged, used for mixing samples to get them ready for researchers.

Craft and graft

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Making science happen

Start and end dates for exhibition: 1 Mar 2019 to 8 Feb 2020

How do you feed a million fruit flies? How does an eyelash become a scientific tool? Take a look behind the scenes at Britain's biggest lab to discover the astonishing methods driving the latest biomedical advances.

More than a thousand scientists work in the laboratories of the Crick, working together on biomedical research with the potential to transform our health and our lives. Their vital work would be impossible without the teams of specialist technicians who perform incredible feats every day to move us closer to new discoveries.

Let us introduce you to the fly breeders, laser guiders, cell growers, tech fixers and even bottle washers that make the science happen. Visit our free exhibition for an eye-opening glimpse of the people behind the science.

Discover the craft and graft of the people behind the science.

Exhibition details

  • Event name: Craft and graft
  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Entry type Free exhibition
  • Location The Francis Crick Institute
  • Opening times
    Today: Full opening times
    1. Monday: Gallery closed
    2. Tuesday: Gallery closed
    3. Wednesday: 10:00 - 20:00
    4. Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
    5. Friday: 10:00 - 16:00
    6. Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
    7. Sunday: Gallery closed

What's on

A Crick researcher talking to members of the public.

Meet a Scientist

Throughout the exhibition, scientists, technicians and engineers will be popping into the gallery to share behind-the-scenes insights into how they make science happen. Bring your curiosity, have a chat and get hands-on with historical and modern scientific equipment.

Art-science workshop at the Crick.

Art-Science Workshops

These hands-on workshops explore the themes of the exhibition and celebrate the links between art and science. Suitable for all the family, they are a chance to get creative while finding out about Crick research.

Free, booking essential

Dates to be released

A picture of speakers at a Crick Chat on Electron Microscopy.

Crick Chats

Crick Chats are evening discussion events that bring you face to face with researchers working at the Francis Crick Institute and our partner organisations. Hear about their work, ask a burning question, or just enjoy a chat: Crick chats are friendly, informal and accessible to all.

Free, booking essential

Dates to be released

Get involved

Test tubes.

Your turn

Our exhibition invites you to step behind the scenes into the fascinating world of our specialist technicians. Now it's your turn to get involved.

Cells from a liquid nitrogen freezer at the Crick.

Take our quiz

How many cell types are there at the Crick? What proportion of genes do humans and flies share? Challenge yourself by taking our quiz.

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