Science Museum Visit – 1001 Inventions

The last Friday (28 May), I had a chance to visit the Science Museum once again for the exhibition of 1001 Inventions-Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World. A free interactive exhibition uncovering 1000 years of science and exhibition is shown in the museum, and I strongly advice people to see this attaction, but note that the exhibition will continue until 30 June 2010!

What is the secret behind the way we write numbers?
When did scientists first discover how we see?
Who drew the oldest surviving map showing America?
What is the hidden meaning of the Elephant Clock?

Coourtesy of Science Museum

1001 Inventions is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of the scientific and cultural achievements of Muslim civilisation during the Middle Ages (7th century onwards) and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world. With automatic machines and medical marvels, astronomical observations and inspiring architecture, find out about a period of history you might never have explored before.

For a thousand years, Muslim civilisation stretched from southern Spain as far as China. From the 7th century onwards, scholars of many faiths built on the ancient knowledge of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, making breakthroughs that paved the way for the Renaissance.

The discoveries made by men and women in Muslim civilisation have left their mark on the way we live today. 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of science and technology that had a huge but hidden impact on the modern world.

1001 Inventions wins Best Education Film

The film 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets, starring Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley, has won four major industry awards at the 29th International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) award ceremony in London, 26th March 2010.

Judges commended the short film saying it was “in a league of its own” awarding it four prestigious awards:

Gold Award for Best Education Film
Gold Award for Best Photography
Silver Award for Best Drama
Silver Award for Best Original Music

The movie was sponsored by the Jameel Foundation and produced by the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) and The Edge Picture Company as an introductory film for the 1001 Inventions exhibition that was launched at London’s Science Museum in January 2010. Described by critics as London’s most successful new exhibition, it received more than 100,000 visitors in its opening weeks. The exhibition is expected to stay in London until the end of June 2010 before starting a five year journey across the world.

Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Chairman of 1001 Inventions, commented: “I am truly delighted that our movie has been honoured by the British film industry for its excellence in education and its high production values. Our objective was to bring life to a period of history that is so often neglected but to do so in a fun and engaging way, challenging miss-conceptions and demonstrating mankind’s shared heritage. We were fortunate to get such an amazing cast of actors and work with The Edge Picture Company who made our vision a reality.”

Receiving the four IVCA awards for 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets (from left to right):
Alan Deakins (Film’s Director), Phil Blundell (Film’s Executive Co-Producer and Managing Director of The Edge Picture Company), Robert Hartshorne (Film’s Music Composer), Andrew Hardwick (Film’s Producer)

In the movie a group of young school children take a field trip to a dusty old library after their teacher challenges them to research the era known as the “Dark Ages” and find its relevance to present day civilisation, a chore they resent until they meet a mysterious librarian (Kingsley) who takes them on a journey to the past revealing a thousand years of scientific and cultural excellence that took place in the Muslim world between the 7th and 17th century.

The film was also released on the internet where it has proved a huge hit receiving over one million downloads in the first month of being aired.

Prince’s Charity and 1001 Inventions

A British charity founded by HRH Prince Charles and has agreed a partnership with an international project highlighting the Muslim world’s contribution to science, technology and the arts. 1001 Inventions is global educational initiative that recently launched a blockbuster exhibition at London’s Science Museum, and has now agreed to work with the Mosaic initiatives founded by the Prince of Wales.

The Mosaic charity is chaired by HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, and works to inspire young British Muslims aged 12 to 25 to overcome social and economic barriers to success. However, many of their projects can and do benefit non-Muslims living in the areas where the charity operates. such as London, the Midlands and Yorkshire. Currently, Mosaic has arrangements in place with more than 50 UK schools to provide mentoring, support and exclusive educational opportunities to their students.

1001 Inventions, a British-based educational initiative, has enjoyed recent success with the launch of a blockbuster exhibition at the Science Museum in London. More than 60,000 visitors rushed to see the exhibition during its first six weeks of opening, and it’s expected that more than a quarter of a million will have experienced this historic showcase before it closes in summer 2010.

The first cooperation between the two organisations is expected to be for the national Young Inventors competition that is being run by 1001 Inventions during the summer term. The competition will provide prizes to youngsters who suggest innovative ways of dealing with modern problems like pollution, transport congestion and rising obesity. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

Turkish Prime Minister Visits 1001 Inventions Exhibition

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited in London the exhibition 1001 Inventions featuring many scientific achievements the world inherited from the Muslim civilisation, including the Ottoman empire. The 1001 Inventions gallery at the country’s premier Science Museum, which has already attracted more than 80,000 visitors in its first eight weeks, welcomed its most senior VIP guest when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited on the 16th of March 2010 during his official visit to the UK today.

Mr. Erdoğan and his delegation of Turkish government Ministers came to London to meet the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and senior politicians. During his visit, he also took a tour of the recently unveiled exhibition 1001 Inventions, subtitled Discover The Muslim Heritage In Our World. Launched on the 21st January, the landmark 1001 Inventions exhibition highlights the scientific, technological and cultural heritage of the world of Islam. Since its launch, the venue has been inundated with visitors and the Museum’s Director has described their latest attraction as a “blockbuster”.

1001 Inventions: Discover The Muslim Heritage in Our World is a free exhibition, sponsored by the British charity Abdul Latif Jameel Foundation. It traces the forgotten story of a thousand years of rich legacy in various fields from the Muslim world from the 7th century onwards. It has proved so popular that its short run at the South Kensington venue has now been extended until the end of June 2010, after which it will go on a five year tour of major cities across the globe.

During his visit, the Prime Minister, accompanied by Mrs. Erdoğan, several Ministers of the Turkish government and Turkish businessmen, spent 70 minutes on a tour of the gallery, guided by the Chairman of FSTC and Founder of 1001 Inventions Professor Salim Al-Hassani and philanthropist Fady Jameel. The exhibition highlights many social, scientific and technical achievements that are credited to the Muslim world, including the Turkish region, whilst also celebrating the scientific heritage of many other cultures. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

Click here to watch 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets
Click here to learn more about the 1001 Inventions Exhibition
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