Manchester Celebrates…

Thousands Celebrate Manchester Science Festival with 1001 Inventions at Central Library

Manchester, October 25, 2018: More than four thousand visitors participated at the “Ibn Al-Haytham: Mysteries of How We See” event on October 23 and 24 at the iconic Manchester Central Library. The free event organised by 1001 Inventions as part of the Manchester Science Festival continues to welcome families and school groups on October 26 and 27.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen, visits the Ibn Al-Haytham event at Central Library

The fun and the educational event takes children on a wondrous journey to fascinating ancient times through the eyes of Ibn al-Haytham, the 11th-century pioneer from Arabia, who made remarkable contributions to the understanding of light, optics and vision.

Visitors are introduced to the principles of light and vision through many exciting activities; walking into a giant turban-shaped camera obscura, watching demonstrations of live optical illusions, learning how 3D glasses work with the opportunity to make their own pair, understanding the secrets of optics and much more.

Children and their families also enjoy watching the exciting short film starring late legendary actor Omar Sharif following the story of the brave young scientist from 11th century Arabia.

For schools to continue their fun-filled learning journey, the event will witness launching “1001 Inventions Schools Fair” grant scheme for Manchester schools on Friday October 26 (please email for details).

The Ibn Al-Haytham event is part of a global educational initiative launched in partnership with UNESCO to celebrate the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light. 1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, New York Academy of Sciences and the United Nations in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London, the Jordan Museum in Amman and in many other cities around the world.


Dates and Location

Ibn Al-Haytham: Mysteries of How We See

Tuesday 23 October, Wednesday 24 October and Friday 26 October 2018
11.00am – 8.00pm

Saturday 27 October 2018 – 11.00am – 5.00pm (Final film screening and activities at 3pm)

Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

About Manchester Science Festival

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, which is part of the Science Museum Group, Manchester Science Festival is a creative, playful and surprising science festival taking place across Greater Manchester. Having launched in 2007, Manchester Science Festival is now the largest science festival in England and the North’s premier cultural celebration of all things related to science and innovation.

Dubbed part laboratory, part playground, the Festival invites over 130,000 visitors to extraordinary events every year, ranging from art installations and theatre to comedy, debates and workshops.

About Manchester Central Library

Central Library is the city’s main library and information service. Situated just off St Peter’s Square, this iconic city venue, designed by E. Vincent Harris, was first opened in 1934. Following a £50m refurbishment in 2010, taking four years, the Grade II listed building has been brought into the 21st century by combining historic features with cutting-edge design. Most of our events take place in the Archives+ area on the ground floor and the performance space on the ground floor.

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 350 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.