Brian the robotic peregrine falcon

27 02 2013

Brian the robotic peregrine falcon on the roof of At-Bristol is celebrating his first birthday tomorrow. While he is not busy keeping urban gulls from nesting in the area, Brian finds time to have his own Twitter feed – @brianrobofalcon.

Brian features in the tours of the roof, which features 208 solar panels, approximately the size of two tennis courts and the biggest system in central Bristol, also marking its one-year anniversary tomorrow.

Brian the robotic falcon and At-Bristol's solar panels

This week in Bristol, December 3-9

3 12 2012

Monday: Total Permission, Watershed
The premiere of a documentary directed by Bristol-based John Durrant about projects from deaf and disabled artists as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Tuesday: Christmas With LEDs On, At-Bristol
The first in a new series of adult-only evening events in At-Bristol, with a chance to explore the exhibits and join in with some Christmas-themed live science shows.

Tuesday – December 15: Yes, We Have No Bananas; Brewery Theatre
Based on oral histories from those who lived during the war years, the action takes place in a grocery shop in Weymouth during the lead up to D-Day.

Wednesday – January 13: Hansel & Gretel, Tobacco Factory Theatre
The Brothers Grimm story in a family-friendly producton from New International Encounter, with a mix of live music, clowning, humour, language and storytelling.

Thursday: Vive La Tour & Breaking Away, Mud Dock Deli
The first of a monthly series of bike-themed film nights at Mud Dock Deli on the first Thursday of the month; with a beer, pizza and two classic cycling films for £10.

Friday: Ellie Goulding, Bristol Academy
The Hereford-born singer-songwriter has left her folk stylings behind for second album Halcyon, which showcases a a more electro-pop infused sound.

Friday: Bristol Palestine Film Festival
This year’s festival focuses in on four villages in the West Bank, provides the opportunity to try free running and features speakers including Ken Loach.

Friday – December 21: Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason; Bristol Old Vic
A night of childhood memories and adult interpretations which “explores the dark and debauched secrets of our most familiar childhood rhymes”.

Saturday: Fatboy Slim, Motion
Following Public Enemy and Annie Mac last month, the latest In:Motion presents Norman Cook, Mr Zoe Ball and one of the original superstar DJs.

Saturday: The Quarrymen, Thunderbolt
A gig featuring the original members of the skiffle band formed in 1956 at Quarry Bank School in Liverpool by John Lennon which became another band called the Beatles.

At-Bristol planetarium show for just £1

11 08 2012

If you have ever wondered what’s inside that big silver ball in Millennium Square, then tomorrow is your chance. The At-Bristol planetarium will be open to visitors from the Millennium Square entrance for one day only for a special summer night sky show, for the price of just one pound.

The planetarium will be opening its doors at 5pm for a 30-minute tour of the skies above our head, as usual using a high-tech star-ball to project stars onto the domed ceiling with visitors led on an astronomical journey by presenters.

Tomorrow is a special day as it is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, one of the best times for spotting shooting stars. So visitor will be able to put their new-found star-spotting into practice when the show finishes.

Tickets are available to purchase from the At-Bristol front desk, via the At-Bristol booking line on 0845 345 1235 or on the day from 4.30pm on Millennium Square.

Our World at At-Bristol

19 07 2012

An orange line has appeared at the entrance to At-Bristol. But this isn’t any old line; it is time itself. Imagine the big bang happened where Za Za Bazaar is, now follow a line towards At-Bristol. If every metre is 100 million years, then humans have only existed on Earth for the final three milimetres.

The first exhibit that you see at Our World is the living timeline; a planet teeming with interactive life, with augmented reality meaning that you can pick up and even splat the small creatures made out of beams of light roaming around in rivers and valleys.

Other highlights in the exhibition funded by the SITA Trust are a globe featuring real-time weather updates, a soil core drilled from the Gordano valley featuring tens of thousands of years of sediment, watching water move in front of your eyes from a liquid state to a solid crystal ice sheet, and – coming soon – a live erupting volcano.

All exhibits were made in-house by At-Bristol’s exhibitions and workshops team. Here’s content researcher Ruth Murray having a go on her favourite exhibit, the shimmer wall, allowing visitors to move their own small area of atmosphere with an air cannon:

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