From McCartney to Everest at the uni

Lancaster University.
Lancaster University.

Bringing Paul McCartney to Lancaster, creating the coldest place in the universe and reaching the summit of Everest are three of the 80-plus diverse and intriguing stories and activities lined up for the Community Activities Day at Lancaster University.

The all-ages event, on Saturday, September 13, is designed to strengthen links with all sections of the community and to showcase research, teaching and facilities at Lancaster University.

The day, from 11am to 5pm, has been arranged as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Mountaineer and university Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington will talk about the leadership and motivational skills he used in reaching the summit of Everest in 1985.

Barry Lucas, the university’s first social manager, will share his memories of the halcyon days of gigs he booked, including The Who, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney.

And you can see where the coldest temperatures in the universe have been created as well as hearing how Lancaster was involved in discovering the Higgs Boson and understanding of the neutrino.

Here’s a taste of what else you can expect…

* Budding Lewis Hamiltons won’t want to miss a chance to see the Lancaster University Formula Student race car and find out how it was made.

* Look inside a volcano and observe the movement of gases and liquids in the lava found inside volcanoes.

* There’s been an outbreak of the fictional LU-50 virus! Watch as the outbreak is mapped in real time with methods being used by researchers at Lancaster Medical School.

* Life drawing has been regarded as a central discipline in most art school courses since the 1600s for artists of all disciplines and adults can join a session.

* Researchers in computing and design join the Café Republic team to showcase a selection of technologies of the future.

* Explore the Ruskin Library, which houses an outstanding collection of the papers and drawings of the Victorian writer and artist John Ruskin.

* Hear how forensic linguistics is being used to help solve crimes. Whilst not graphic, this talk involves details that may distress young or sensitive audience members. Parental discretion is advised.

* Test your language skills with a computer-based test. Choose from languages including French, Spanish, Dutch and German.

* Discover what it’s really like to make a living as a writer. Join a panel of published, celebrated writers for a lively discussion.

* A selection of top researchers will give short lectures to showcase the wide variety of teaching and learning on campus.

* Tours, walks, trails, sports, exhibitions, demonstrations and food and drink.

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Please note: Some events have to be pre-booked.