Evening of Invention

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro TR1 2SJ

£0.00 Entry
£5.00 Talk

Join us for an evening of art, science, and revolutionary engineering at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro! The museum is opening its doors from 4 – 6.30 PM to bring you a series of talks, workshops, stalls, and key speakers.

Explore the workings behind life-changing mechanical inventions, chat to researchers and experts, and discover how modern technological advancements can help us build a sustainable future. The event is for all curious minds with an interest in science, art, and engineering, and is especially suitable for those aged 13 – 25 and their families. 

All museum exhibitions will be open, so come along, join the activities, and listen to exciting talks! This is a partnership event by Royal Cornwall Museum and Agile Rabbit, inspired by the Marvellous Mechanical Museum, an exhibition by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Refreshments and chill out zones available. 

Marvellous Talks & Mechanical Activities


Coming to the museum and want to know what to expect? Here‘s a short video for you to plan your trip.

Marvellous Mechanical Museum Tour

Join one of our free ten minute tours exploring the Magical world of the Automata and the creators who make them. Guided by one of the Royal Cornwall Museum team.

Talk: The Secrets of Mars

Meet Professor Sanjeev Gupta, a key scientist from the latest NASA mission to Mars, who will tell tales from from the Perseverance Rover. Learn more

Create Your Own Automata Model

Put your creative and engineering skills to the test and create one of your own automata to take home using one of our kits.

Talk: Solar Energy, Bright Future?

From solar-powered bees to solar powered lights, Dr. Anurag Roy will dive into the working principles of solar cells and their ability to operate carbon-free. Find out more

Curious Contraptions

Learn the basics of mechanical movement and control and take part in creating an individual, cam driven automata out of curious and colourful objects. Your automata will be linked together with other creations.

Talk: Journey to the Sea – Navigating Innovation in Offshore Renewables

Meet Dr. Faryal Khalid and learn how offshore renewable energy can help us shape a carbon neutral Cornwall. Read more

Stand: The Secrets of Mars

Come along and chat with Cornish NASA scientist Claire Newman and Emma Harris from the Natural History Museum. Both will unveil some of the secrets of planet Mars that rovers have helped us to discover.

Guess The Object

Get up close to objects and inventions that are part of the Royal Cornwall Museum collection and guess their function. Prizes for those who guess correctly.

Stand: The Extraordinary Life Cycle of A Plastic Bottle

What role does plastic play in the everyday life of an Engineer? Find out by chat to Dr. Maria Eugenia Correa Cano who is a researcher within the Department of Engineering at the University of Exeter.

Transparent Presence Wing Workshop

Join Transparent Presence CIC to learn how to create a mini set of wings to take home. This activity is free and inspired by the exhibition WINGS: Identities taking flight.