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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 with the support of 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….

Please note we are closed on Bank Holidays, including the May Bank Holidays on May 2nd and May 30th

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Join us for a great Sunday afternoon on 29th May at 1:30 in the Walled Gardens – free live Theatre!

Bring a picnic and enjoy a BIG BOOTS production that will cross the world while you watch!

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Every week at 1030 am (except for half-term holidays) – hope to see you soon!

And… of course we are looking forward to our 2016 Whitsun Holiday programme


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click here for full details

Harlow Museum: Spring Watch

Time Machine: WhizzPops!

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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.

 Shop and support!

You’ll find some great bargains at the Museum Shop book sale – click here to see our latest special offers!

And we also have a new way of supporting Harlow Museum and the Time Machine – through online shopping! Further details will be appearing here shortly and our next TLC bulletin will have information about how we hope to raise some serious money through the checkout at stores including Tesco, Boots, M&S, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Amazon, B&Q and many more….  and it won’t cost you a penny to raise pounds and pounds for us!

Science Alive is currently developing two Harlow Museum partnership projectsYou are Hear is a brilliant new initiative to celebrate the rich sound archives of Essex Records Office and local history collection – click for more details.

The second project involves work with key partners including Oxford University Archeology department, to digitise our extensive archive from the Bartlett exploration of the Stanebury Hill Roman Temple site. This will be going live later in the summer at the York University online archive – making Harlow History truly a global affair!

This project will provide global online access to this rich story of the significant finds hidden away in what is now part of a Harlow industrial estate!

In both cases, we are grateful for the funding provided by Essex Heritage Trust and the Friends of Historic Essex.


Time Machine gallery (Harlow Leisurezone)

Every Monday: Messy Play workshops for Under 5stall tales logo 5

Every Saturday: Raspberry Pi Club and SACK (Science Alive Club for Kids) – ask for details

Exhibition: Starting Line: a display showing the journey of great ideas from initial outline to final product

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Harlow Museum

While you are at the Museum, don’t forget to visit our Museum Bookshop and our Corner Cafe! We have some great titles & activity books for you.

Our latest exhibition is a retrospective on the life and work of John Collins – an extraordinary local character from a distinguished local family, who built a unique collection of cycles and cycling ephemera. The John Collins Story will run until the Autumn at Harlow Museum – you can now purchase a brand new version of John Collins’ own autobiography, just £5 from the Museum Bookshop.

Meet our new mascot! 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 appreciate your support for Harlow Museum!

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If you want to support 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

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