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Friday 10th Feb 2017, 10.00am to Sunday 21st May 2017, 05.00pm
ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library

From fire-belching mountains to blood-red waves of lava, volcanoes have captured the attention of scientists, artists and members of the public for centuries. In this exhibition, discover a spectacular selection of eye witness accounts, scientific observations and artwork charting how our understanding of volcanoes has evolved over the past two millennia.

Discover the impact of some of the world's most spectacular volcanoes including the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius, one of the most catastrophic eruptions in European history, and the 19th-century eruptions of Krakatoa and Santorini, two of the first volcanic eruptions to be intensely studied by modern scientists.

Featuring fragments of 'burnt' papyrus scrolls which were buried during the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius, the earliest known manuscript illustration of a volcano, and lava and rock samples and notes from 19th-century volcanologists and explorers, this spectacular exhibition brings together science and society, art and history.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 11am-5pm


Admission free. Suitable for all ages