The Collider exhibition has most recently been on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, UK, but it is now due to embark on a three-year international tour with the first stop in Paris. The Palais de la Découverte will be hosting the exhibition from 17 October 2014 until 19 July 2015.
Blending physics with theatre and video, Collider takes visitors on a behind-the-scenes tour of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and includes artefacts ranging from a radiofrequency cavity and parts of LHC experiments to one of the bikes used by CERN’s scientists and engineers to travel along the LHC’s 27-kilometre tunnels.
The exhibition showcases a long tradition of world-leading particle physics and visitors can see atomic models illustrating Ernest Rutherford’s 1911 discovery of the atomic nucleus, the cloud chamber used in 1946 by George Rochester and Clifford Butler to discover 'strange' particles (now called K mesons) and the intricate LHCb vertex locator (VELO) module, manufactured at the University of Liverpool.
The Collider exhibition was developed by the Science Museum in London, who commissioned a creative team led by Nissen Richards Studio, including playwright Michael Wynne, video designer Finn Ross and sound designer Carolyn Downing. More information about the exhibition and events programme is available here
The exhibition coincides with the French release of the film Particle Fever on 5 November 2014, which has just been awarded the Prix Gran Écran at Pariscience festival.