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See star of children’s TV in action during visit to world-premiere exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum on 11 February

Hang on to your (poo) hats and prepare to meet a star of children’s TV as he visits a major exhibition in Manchester.

Dr Xand Van Tulleken, one of the presenters of hit BBC Children’s show Operation Ouch! will be at the Science and Industry Museum on Sunday 11 February. Not only will he meet visitors in world-premiere exhibition, Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, he’ll be on a myth-busting mission to answer some of the public’s deepest questions about digestion.

The world-premiere exhibition dives under the skin to explore the science inside us all. Dr Xand has kindly leant his digestive system to host the adventure, allowing visitors to be shrunk, swallowed and squeezed through it during a lively, interactive and playful adventure to better understand our brilliant bodies. Now he is back to explore his own insides, answer the public’s ickiest asks about our inner workings and meet voyagers as they travel through his intestines.

From 13.00–13.20 and again at 16.30–16.50 on Sunday 11 February, all visitors in the museum will have the opportunity to see Xand in action as he takes to the stage in the Revolution Manchester Gallery. Since the exhibition opened in July 2023, almost 57,000 visitors have come to explore the rib-tickling adventure, leaving behind their most probing poo-related queries. These will now be put directly to Dr Xand front of a live audience, who will also have time to ask him their questions on the day.

Visitors who book tickets to Operation Ouch, Food Poo and You between 13.30–15.30 on Sunday 11 February will have the opportunity to grab a selfie with Xand from inside the exhibition. After voyaging through his digestive system, their experience will be topped off as they drop in for a photo with the man himself.

Profile photo of a man in green scrubs

Tickets to visit the museum and exhibition on Sunday 11 February are available to book now online at https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/meet-dr-xand. Please note that a free standard museum entry ticket will give you access to the Q&As with Xand, but an exhibition ticket must be purchased for specific times for the photo opportunity. These are limited so booking as soon as possible is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

This world-premiere experience at the Science and Industry Museum marks the first time hit BBC Children’s TV show, Operation Ouch!, has been brought to life as an exhibition. Dr Xand is one of the show’s three presenters. Alongside Dr Chris and Dr Ronx, he is renowned for his ability to engage, educate and entertain young viewers by conducting outrageous experiments. The trio have provided unique inspiration for the exhibition, with Xand offering up his insides for people wanting to know more about how the human body works.

Dr Xand said: 

'This exhibition is our most epic experiment yet and I can’t wait to be back exploring my own insides! 

'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.'

From incisors to intestines, the extraordinary adventure embraces silliness in the name of science as it investigates some of our funniest functions and uncovers the job of each digestive organ in helping to keep us healthy. Highlights include:

  • The Big Flush. A once-in-a-lifetime experience of travelling like a poo and being flushed down a giant toilet. Put on a ‘poo hat’ before passing through the pan!
  • Journeying through a super-sized set of interactive teeth. 
  • Taking part in the world’s only interactive “pooduction” line – “make” a poo and discover how our bodies absorb nutrients and expel waste.
  • The Dr’s elusive ‘cupboard of everything’ and interactive Lab, brought to life from the screen for the first time.
  • Meeting Larry the Vomiting Robot, designed to help scientists understand how far sick splatters (and how norovirus particles are distributed), on display for the first time as part of an exhibition, along with fascinating objects from the Science Museum Group’s collection.

It includes plenty of opportunities for play but is underpinned throughout by solid science that aims to empower visitors to understand more about the inner workings of their own bodies and the role of science in supporting digestive health. 

The exhibition 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. 

Tickets to meet Dr Xand are available to book online: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/meet-dr-xand. General tickets for Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You are available to book on www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/operation-ouch. All tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £9 children, senior and concessions, with children aged three and under going free. It will run at the Science and Industry Museum until June 2024.

The exhibition is taking place during an exciting time in the development of the Science and Industry Museum, as it continues to undergomulti-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, 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.

About the Andrex® Brand

Andrex®, one of the UK’s most recognisable and celebrated brands, launched in 1942. We have been the nation’s favourite toilet tissue ever since. UK households use over 8 million miles worth of Andrex® every year.

Andrex® created the UK moist toilet tissue category in 1992. 

The brand name of moist toilet tissue, Andrex® Washlets®, was created in 2012 and the brand has been Number One in the category ever since. Three million households buy Andrex Washlets per year. For more information on Andrex visit Andrex.co.uk.