WANTED: junior DNA detectives this Bank Holiday!
This Bank Holiday weekend, find out about DNA and the part it played in the incredible story of King Richard III – the last English king to die in battle, and the first to be DNA tested!
Our DNA weekend runs from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August and we’ve got some great science activities for visitors to try out. You can have a go at extracting the DNA from a banana, recreate DNA sequencing using beads to make a bracelet, or build a DNA structure using sweets!
As well as these great activities, visitors can also discover the incredible story of King Richard III’s life and death, and one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told.
Iain Gordon, Visitor Centre Director said: “DNA is a term used almost on a daily basis in the news and DNA profiling was used to help identify and confirm that the remains found in the car park five years ago, were those of Richard III. It is a complex subject to get to grips with so we can’t promise that our DNA Weekend will turn our visitors into experts but we hope that our science-themed activities will help to make learning about DNA fun!”
DNA weekend activities are included in the admission price and are aimed at children aged over 7 years.
During the school summer holidays the Visitor Centre will be open for extended hours, opening from 10am until 5pm (Sundays excluded).
Don’t forget – once purchased, your ticket is valid for a whole year!