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Reviewed 3 February 2010

Glasgow Science Centre announces new cracking exhibition "Wallace and Gromit presents...A World of Cracking Ideas"

Glasgow Science Centre is proud to announce that it has secured the first opportunity outside London to host “Wallace & Gromit present.....A World of Cracking Ideas”. The family-orientated exhibition, sponsored by the Intellectual Property Office, presented by Aardman Animations and produced by SGA, will open at the 5* attraction on Friday 2 April in time for the Easter school holidays.

Oscar® winning characters Wallace & Gromit are at the heart of the exhibition which appeals to all ages by showcasing how innovation contributes to everyday life. The exhibition also looks at how people can protect their ideas using intellectual property such as trade marks and patents.

The project builds on the existing relationship between the Intellectual Property Office and Aardman, who have worked together for the last four years on the nationwide Cracking Ideas competition which encourages schoolchildren to innovate.

David Lammy, Minister of State for Intellectual Property, said:

"Cracking Ideas’ has delighted and inspired young people throughout its run at the Science Museum, where it was visited by over 186,000 people. I hope to see it reach out even further as it opens in Glasgow: showing children and adults alike how far their ideas could take them.

“Registering trade marks and patenting inventions is essential for people hoping to make a business out of their creativity. Whilst this is a fun exhibition I hope it also takes forward the serious message that protecting ideas against plagiarism is a key part of that creative process".

Visitors to "A World of Cracking Ideas" will be able to interact with all kinds of exhibits as they tour 62 West Wallaby Street, home of Wallace & Gromit. Included in the exhibits are some of the animated duo’s crazy inventions like the Tellyscope II, the Shopper 13 and the Blend-o-Matic.

As well as some of the specially developed gadgets for the exhibition, visitors will also be able to see how inventions have been developed since their initial creation. For example, how the phone has changed from Bell’s original in 1875, to the candlestick design in the 1900’s to the mobile phones we use today.

From the kitchen to the garden shed, each room in the house will feature a different aspect of the thinking process behind ideas and show visitors how they can protect their intellectual property through patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. Visitors will be able to interact with a number of exhibits by designing their own wallpaper, developing a logo for their own smoothie recipe and creating their own music along with trying their voice in the Karaoke Disco Shower.

The aim of the exhibition is to inspire visitors to be innovative and creative. Kirk Ramsay, Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre states:

"We are thrilled that "A World of Cracking Ideas" is coming to Glasgow Science Centre. Historically, Scotland has a rich heritage of successful inventors whose discoveries have changed the way we live today. As an educational charity, we hope that the exhibition will inspire our visitors to be creative and become the inventors of the future.

As well enhancing our mission, to promote science and technology through fun and exciting experiences, the exhibition will be a cracking day out for all."

A World of Cracking Ideas has something for the whole family. Every age-group from babies to grand-parents will find many things to enjoy. Under 5’s can visit the Vegetable Patch, an interactive soft play area and older visitors can take a nostalgic walk down memory lane by watching television adverts from the 1950s onwards.

Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit said:

"It’s great to see the World of Cracking Ideas exhibition making its way from London all the way up to Glasgow. Inventiveness has always been central to Wallace's character and it is fantastic that Wallace & Gromit can excite young people about innovation in this way. I hope Wallace & Gromit fans in Scotland and Northern England will enjoy the exhibition in its new home."

Visitors will be able to take part in some fun activities within the exhibition’s Idea Stations, from designing a new contraption to help around the home to composing music. Glasgow Science Centre has also developed a brand new programme, including hands-on animation stations, workshops and live science shows, to complement "A World of Cracking Ideas."

For more information on “Wallace and Gromit present…A World of Cracking Ideas” please visit the Glasgow Science Centre website External Link and the Cracking Ideas website External Link.

Notes to editors

  • Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity whose mission is to promote science through thought provoking, fun and exciting experiences that inspire all to explore and understand the world around them.
  • Glasgow Science Centre is a five star rated attraction, as awarded by VisitScotland
  • In the academic year 2008-2009 55,803 pupils visited the Centre for inspirational science trips
  • In the same academic year 48, 025 pupils enjoyed the Centre’s outreach programme in their own schools, in locations ranging from Kirkcudbright to Lerwick
  • "Wallace and Gromit…present A World of Cracking Ideas" will be on display at Glasgow Science Centre from 2 April 2010 until 30 November 2010.
  • The exhibition is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Office, presented by Aardman Animations, produced by SGA.
  • The Intellectual Property Office is within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights, comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
  • Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge based economy.
  • It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to IP to which the United Kingdom is a party.
  • For more information or interview requests please contact Sharon Lyons on 0141 420 5010 ext 303
  • For enquiries about the Intellectual Property Office press or media activities please contact Sally Long on + 44 (0)1633 814163, or e-mail Cracking Ideas

Date of release: 3 February 2010