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Museum prescribes double dose of TV doctors

One of Manchester's best-loved museums is offering not one but TWO opportunities to talk taboos with TV doctors when they visit a major exhibition later this month.

Tickets are now available to meet Dr Chris Van Tulleken and Dr Ronx Ikharia at the Science and Industry Museum's blockbuster exhibition, Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, on the 18 and 25 May, respectively. The pair are both recognisable faces from children's TV, specialist doctors and celebrated authors. They'll be visiting the exhibition on a myth-busting mission to answer some of the public's most pressing poo-related questions as well as snap selfies with visitors during ticketed events inside the gallery.

The appearances come as part of the Science and Industry Museum's 'Brilliant Bodies month'—four weeks of anatomy-themed special activities all inspired by the exhibition. It kicks off this bank holiday (4–6 May) with a free 'bodies bonanza' weekend and will culminate in a medical May half term (25 May–2 June), where visitors can bring along their cuddly friends to the museum as it transforms into a teddy bear hospital.

Dr Chris and Dr Ronx's visits are further highlights of the Brilliant Bodies programme. Alongside Dr Xand Van Tulleken, they host hit BBC Children's show, Operation Ouch!, which has inspired the Science and Industry Museum's blockbuster exhibition. News of their appearances is sure to be welcomed by fans of the show who are used to seeing them conducting outrageous experiments on screen.

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You is the museum's most popular special exhibition to date, having already welcomed over 80,000 visitors to voyage through a giant digestive system and discover what happens to food when we eat. From incisors to intestines, the extraordinary adventure embraces silliness in the name of science as it investigates some of the body's funniest functions and uncovers the job of each digestive organ in helping to keep us healthy. It includes plenty of opportunities for play but is underpinned throughout by solid science that aims to empower visitors to understand more about their inner workings and the role of science in supporting digestive health.

The exhibition will close on Sunday 9 June, going out in a blaze of glorious grossness by giving audiences the opportunity to meet the popular children's doctors. During each of their appearances, all visitors to the museum will be able to see them in action as they each take to the stage to explore digestive dilemmas during live Q&As. Visitors voyaging through the exhibition at certain times will also be able to snap a selfie with the famous faces.

Dr Chris will be at the museum on Saturday 18 May. Everyone with a general admission ticket can see him during live Q&As at 10.30, 13.15 and 15.30. Tickets to the exhibition between 11.00–12.30 and 13.45–15.15 will also include the opportunity to grab a photo with Dr Chris.

Dr Ronx will be at the museum on the following Saturday, 25 May. Everyone with a general admission ticket can see them take to the stage for a Q&A at 10.30, 14.10 and 16.30. Tickets to see Dr Ronx in the exhibition are available from 11.30–13.00 and 15.00–16.00.

All tickets are available to book now online. For Chris's page, visit www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/meet-dr-chris or for Ronx, visit www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/meet-dr-ronx. Please note that a free standard museum entry ticket will give you access to the Q&As, but an exhibition ticket must be purchased for specific times for the photo opportunities. These are limited so booking as soon as possible is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Dr Chris said: 

'I can't wait to be back exploring some super-sized insides at the Science and Industry Museum.

'Our bodies are amazing, and one of the first questions kids often ask is the biology of how we put food in and something else comes out! If we can understand that process, we've learned something that's fundamentally important to life. So, as well as being brilliantly entertaining and of course absolutely disgusting, this exhibition is full of really amazing and essential science.'

Dr Ronx says: 

'Whoooo, poo is my absolute favourite subject, and to be honest the only way to teach you about the digestive system is to make you part of it!

'Like everything with the human body, digestion can be tricky to understand or talk about. This exhibition breaks it all down into digestible chunks! From your mouth to your bum and everything in between, it activates all your senses and doesn't shy away from anything! It's an awesome journey that will leave you a mixture of epically entertained, grossed out and fully fascinated by poo! Don't miss your chance to see it for a final time!'

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You is supported by Principal Sponsor, Andrex and has been developed by the Science and Industry Museum and produced in collaboration with BBC and 141 Productions, part of All3Media's Objective Media Group.

The exhibition is taking place during an exciting time in the development of the Science and Industry Museum, as it continues to undergo a multi-million-pound regeneration project that will see brand new spaces opened and significant improvements made to some of its best-loved galleries. The museum may look a bit different, with scaffolding being erected around the New Warehouse (the building that houses the museum entrance and four main galleries) and some areas will remain temporarily closed, but there is still plenty to do, see and enjoy as visitors explore 250 years of innovations and ideas that change the world.

-ENDS-  

For more information, please contact communications manager, Alex Urmston, on 07741 103 790/ alex.urmston@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk  

NOTES TO EDITORS

ABOUT THE SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM  

The Science and Industry Museum tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world.  The museum's mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.   

The Science and Industry Museum site is on the site of the Liverpool Road Station terminus of the Liverpool Manchester Railway, the world's first purpose-built passenger railway. Among its internationally significant buildings are the world's first passenger railway station and the oldest existing railway goods warehouse. In total there are two Grade I listed buildings and four Grade II listed buildings on the site.  

The Science and Industry Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.

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