Craft & Graft: the new show at The Crick


Meet the technicians, engineers and specialists supporting science at Europe’s biggest biomedical research institute



Opening tomorrow (March 1st), a free exhibition definitely worth swinging by this weekend is at The Crick, Britain’s biggest lab.

Its new show Craft & Graft examines the surprising roles of those who work around the clock to make its life-changing research possible. In it you can take a tour behind the scenes and meet the technicians, engineers and specialists supporting science at Europe’s biggest biomedical research institute.

These technical bods “prepare, process, make, mend, analyse and innovate”. From fixing faults in complex cutting-edge technology to feeding fruit flies and operating robots, they’re essential to keep the labs running and science, well, happening.

The exhibition especially shines a spotlight on five specialist teams who have opened their doors for the first time:

This is box title
1. The technicians feeding and breeding over 15,000 families of fruit flies. They’re also trained to perform incredibly precise tasks including hand-injecting DNA into fly embryos.

2. The ‘librarians of life-forms’ responsible for nurturing billions of cells in thousands of flasks, plates and vials.

3. The people who meticulously clean the Crick’s essential glassware to allow re-use and prevent any contamination.

4. The mechanical and electronic engineers who race against time to fix, adapt or invent vital equipment for use in the labs.

5. The specialists preparing biological samples, from fruit flies to cancer cells, for study using powerful microscopes. Some ultra-thin samples are so delicate, an astonishing tool is used to manoeuvre them: an eyelash glued to a cocktail stick.

Visitors will also see five typical workbenches which have been specially created with tools and equipment, short films, personal interviews, imagery and interactive exhibits to bring the stories and skills of these teams to life.

And, short of all that, if you haven’t been inside this glass temple yet – well, that’s worth the trip alone.

The Crick, open Wed 10am-8pm & Thurs-Sat 10am-4pm, 1 Midland Road NW1, Free, 1st Mar 2019 till 21st Dec

Main image: The Francis Crick Institute. ‘Craft and Graft: Making Science Happen’, an exhibition at the Francis Crick Institute. 2019. Thomas S.G. Farnetti | Wellcome


  • Show Comments

Specify Facebook App ID and Secret in Super Socializer > Social Login section in admin panel for Facebook Login to work

Specify Twitter Consumer Key and Secret in Super Socializer > Social Login section in admin panel for Twitter Login to work