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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 two venues. For regular events and for our 2016 programme, please check the What’s On section.SA_small_RGB

Current events and news….

Science Alive is looking for new Trustees to join our board and help with the development of the charity. Click here for more details.

October Half Term Holiday programme info is now on our Holiday/What’s On section…

Come and enjoy our Big Bang Theory week at the Time Machine Gallery or the Roman Holiday activities at Harlow Museum!

Enjoy Late Summer Saturdays at Harlow Museum: come and relax in good company.

  • Seaforth & Jackson Duo provided a great afternoon of mellow music enjoyed by all at Harlow Museum at the end of August – we hope to invite them back again soon.
  • pete-atkin-october-2016Our next Harlow Museum music event on Saturday October 22nd is a rare and special treat: Pete Atkin plays songs from his 40 year writing partnership with the writer and TV presenter Clive James in a limited audience performance. Details are on the poster thumbnail here and ticket bookings can be made on Eventbrite if you click on this link: 


  • Each third Saturday Monthly at the Time Machine Gallery the Raspberry Pi team explore the extraordinary made ordinary with the power of this small processor… come and join us!

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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.


The Time Machine Gallery at Harlow Leisurezone

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

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Harlow Museum

Harlow, like many other communities, is built on a rich tapestry of continuous change and development, which builds into the history of today.  We are developing a new six-month programme of talks, exhibitions and other events with the theme of Migration and IdentityThis will explore the experiences of  journeys and settlements, conflict and war, invaders and traders and how the encounters with these builds into 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.  Further details coming soon.

Our current exhibition for a few more weeks is our retrospective on the life and work of John Collins – an extraordinary local character from a distinguished local family, who built up a unique collection of cycles and cycling ephemera. The John Collins Story will run until the Autumn at Harlow Museum

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!

The income all helps us to run our two great venues in Harlow. You’ll find our young Charity appealing for your support at our welcome point when you visit Harlow Museum! Visitors have been really generous in recent months – we really do appreciate your support!


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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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