Moonstruck: Exhibition eclipses expectations

Posted by pt91 at Apr 06, 2018 12:10 PM |
University of Leicester-sponsored event at Leicester Cathedral is a huge success

Issued by University of Leicester on 6 April 2018

Images of the Museum of the Moon at Leicester Cathedral (Credit: Jonathan Sisson):

Museum of the Moon as centrepiece for University of Leicester’s British Science Week 2018:

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at Leicester Cathedral for British Science Week 2018:

Record numbers of visitors attended Leicester Cathedral for a University of Leicester-sponsored British Science Week Festival event in the city.

Leicester Cathedral recorded its highest ever number of visitors since the reinterment of Richard III –marking another successful collaboration between the University and the Cathedral, as well as other city partners.

A total of 28,000 visitors attended the Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon exhibition which saw a giant moon installed in the Cathedral. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The exhibition also received outstanding attention across social media. Posts relating to the moon in the Cathedral reached 65,493 people on Twitter, creating 81,923 impressions on different Twitter streams. So far, the hashtag #MuseumoftheMoon has been used 7,204 times on Instagram, with many members of the public standing underneath the moon to take a photo, demonstrating the huge scale and intricate detail of the exhibition.  Across the University’s Facebook pages, an in-house video produced reached 8,700 views and was shared over 80 times, driving conversation across the City Centre.

In addition, there was widespread media coverage of the event, on TV, Radio and newspapers.

Professor Turi King, Professor of Public Engagement at the University, organised Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon to come to the Cathedral as the centrepiece to the University of Leicester’s British Science Week.

Professor King said: “I’m very passionate about making science accessible to the public and like to think of new ways to get people talking about science. This year, as part of highlighting the University’s outstanding space research, and with the development of the new Space Park in the city, I thought Luke Jerram’s moon would make a wonderful centrepiece to the week and a way of bringing a bit of science and fun into the city.  I’m so pleased it’s been such a success and, of course, it’s been wonderful for us to work with the Cathedral again on big public event.”

“The aim of British Science Week activities was for people to share with us the wonder of science and its ability to excite and inspire. A wide range of venues came together to play host to some fantastic scientific showcases.”

The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, described the Cathedral as a place of welcome, worship and witness. He welcomed the hundreds of guests and said: “We are delighted to be able to collaborate with the University of Leicester once more and to be one of the venues they are working with for their British Science Week activities across the city this year.

“Since the moon arrived in the Cathedral I have been looking up at it with awe and wonder and, as a priest, that awe and wonder leads me to ponder the great questions of the universe.”

And remembering the first moon landing, he told the audience that immediately after the astronauts first walked on the moon, two of them took Holy Communion; their response to such an amazing experience was to worship God.

Leicester Cathedral, the Highcross Shopping Centre, the National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station, Newarke House, the Richard III Visitor Centre, BBC Radio Leicester  and the University of Leicester were among the venues for the events.


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