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Welcome to the website for the Time Machine gallery and for Harlow Museum – both well worth a visit!

Science Alive is an independent charity providing community learning and cultural services in partnership with Harlow Council.

Use the Visitor Info tab for more details of our venues and for our calendar of events, please check the What’s On section.

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We would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year – and thank you for supporting us in 2016!


Current events and news….

  • Join distinguished local historian Stan Newens on December 10th at Harlow Museum, as he revisits The 1616 Latton Parish Map – 400 years old.
  • Take a final opportunity to see the moving exhibition dedicated to Harlow soldiers at the Battle of the Somme: at Harlow Museum until Mid-January
  • Christmas Closure Dates: Harlow Museum and the Time Machine will be closed from Weds 21st December until Thurs 5th January 2017

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  • Every Monday: Messy Play workshops for Under 5s 
  • Every Third Saturday: Raspberry Pi Club and SACK (Science Alive Club for Kids) – ask for details

Harlow Museum

  • Our six-month programme of talks, exhibitions and other events with the theme of Migration and Identity has got underway. We explore the experiences of  journeys and settlements, conflict and war, invaders and traders and how these help shape our own personal history. From Romans to French Normans to London EastEnders and beyond, the amazing human spirit in all its forms makes this a fascinating world to be part of.  Contact us for further details
  • For a short period, reflect on the sacrifice made by so many, with our final chance to see the Battle of the Somme, through the stories of Harlow servicemen.
  • Coming in 2017: Gibberd’s Gift – the celebration of Harlow’s 70th Anniversary
  • While you are at the Museum, don’t forget to visit our Museum Bookshop – buy a copy of John Collins’ own autobiography, just £5. If you have a little time on your hands, come and enjoy a quiet cuppa and a delicious slice of cake at our Corner Cafe!

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Join the Science Alive supporters group The Learning Collective. Membership is free! You’ll be part of a membership organisation and mailing list which keeps you in touch with our work at the Time Machine and Harlow Museum – and you can be proud that you are one of a growing number supporting learning in the community!

Email us on, call in or phone to join up – or see the new TLC page here for more details.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates – see links here.

Science Alive would like to acknowledge project funding provided by the Essex Heritage Trust and the Friends of Historic Essex.

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If you want to support the work of Science Alive…

  • visit & enjoy the Time Machine gallery or Harlow Museum
  • join TLC, our supporters group
  • spread the word about what we do
  • help us with our work as a volunteer
  • donate funds to help us through PayPal – see below

Thank you for being part of what we do.

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