A photograph of John Dalton's notebook showing different colours of thread

Pi: Dalton and colour vision

This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2016. 

To mark 250 years since the birth of scientist John Dalton, see a live dissection of a sheep’s eye to discover the anatomy of colour vision; and play with camouflage and colour matching tests. Dalton discovered his own colour vision deficiency by comparing the colours of threads and yarns, which you can see for yourself. Plus, find out what it’s like to be colour blind with modern simulations and games.

For the eye dissection demonstration, please book on the day at the venue.

We believe that the dissection of an animal eye will allow visitors to participate in ‘real science’ with professional facilitators and, ultimately, increase their knowledge of the human body. We understand that some people may find this disagreeable for cultural, religious, moral or other reasons. We will ensure that the area is well signposted to make visitors aware of the activity. Every visitor is given the choice to watch, participate or decline from involvement in any way. We guarantee that every animal part used is a by-product of the meat industry and that the animal was not killed solely for our purposes.

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Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

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Eye dissection demonstration

Book on the day at the venue

Age guidance

Families 8+

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