His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will officially open the new gallery named ‘atmosphere: exploring climate science’.

The gallery will provide a dedicated space for visitors and aims to deepen their understanding of climate science in an enjoyable, engaging and memorable way.

It will be divided into five zones focussing on different areas of climate science through interactive exhibits and objects.

The exhibits will present some of the key instruments used by today’s scientists to explain the story of the science behind the changing climate.

Science Museum director Professor Chris Rapley CBE said: “The Science Museum’s role is to make sense of the science that shapes our lives – our latest addition, atmosphere, aims to make sense of one of the biggest issues today, climate change.

“We are delighted that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, a well-known supporter of climate change science, will be officially opening our climate science gallery.

“Whatever your level of understanding the gallery will provide you with an enjoyable experience and a clear framework of what is currently known about the climate so you are better able to make up your own mind about this subject.”

Gallery highlights include a section looking at how scientists have studied past episodes of climate change illustrated by tree ring and stalagmite samples and a real ice-core from Antarctica – the only one on display in a UK museum.

The gallery will feature examples of how designers and engineers are responding to the challenges of climate change and contributing to a low carbon future.

Exhibits include a hydrogen fuel cell car from eco transport company Riversimple, an energy-generating paving slab and a specially-commissioned animated video ‘Life in a Low Carbon World’.

Sponsors of the gallery include Shell and Siemens, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, the Garfield Weston Foundation, with additional support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Patrons of the Science Museum.

Alison Brown

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