Shining a light on a life saving invention
Mather & Co teamed up with Workhaus, Fuzzy Duck and Fusion to create the ‘Light in the Darkness’ Exhibition. The gallery tells the story of how Sir Humphry Davy developed his Flame Safety Lamp and how his invention evolved to save miners’ lives.
Visitors can learn about the problem the miners were facing, and take part in a number of science themed interactives with Davy, that lead him to create the lamp. Davy guides the visitor through his thought process, and teaches them about the important materials needed for the lamp to work. Visitors can then wander along the Evolution Wall, a beautiful display wall of lamps that were all developed and inspired by the Davy lamp, creating the legacy that it is today.
The exhibition is sponsored by a grant from AIM Biffa Award as part of its History Makers scheme – funding museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary historical figures who have made a significant impact shaping the world we live in today.
National Coal Mining Museum of England