This event happened in the past (2019 edition)

Disasters Passed?

Event dates

Tue 22 Oct 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 26 Oct 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This is an event from the 2019 edition

What does it feel like to have a volcano erupt all over your home land? How do we monitor and understand their activity?

Scientists and emergency responders can learn a lot from the people of the Caribbean about how to cope with hazards like volcanoes, and we are using an interactive exhibit to bring that learning to life!

Using the example of the long-lived eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat, we have created an interactive exhibit called Disasters Passed?. Inside our volcano-shaped ‘tent’ you can explore what it feels like to be caught up in an eruption, the pulse of a volcano’s magmatic heart, and how we can monitor its changes. Listen to recorded songs and stories, and watch the flow of magma that builds up to an explosion! This exhibit is created with and for the people of Montserrat, but you can enjoy an exclusive sneaky peak at the Norwich Science Festival.

UEA’s volcano team will be joined by colleagues Teresa Armijos Burneo and Wendy McMahon from the Schools of International Development and Art, Media and American Studies, plus special guest Dr Karen Pascal, who is coming all the way from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory!

Disasters Passed? is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and is a collaboration between UEA, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, the British and Montserrat Red Cross and Output Arts. We are very grateful for all the contributions from the community on Montserrat, whose voices you will hear.

Prof Jenni Barclay is Professor of Volcanology in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Wendy McMahon is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Teresa Armijos Burneo is a Lecturer in Natural Resources and International Development in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Karen Pascal is a Volcanologist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory


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Tuesday 22 & Saturday 26 October
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages