The Kaleidoscope was invented by Sir David Brewster. He was originally from Jedburgh and is most famous for his work on polarised light rather than this enduring toy. To celebrate his achievements along with other scientists from Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, I worked with Berwick Museum and Art Gallery to deliver workshops to schools both sides of the border. This was funded by a Royal Society Local Hero Award. Along with Sir David Brewster, we celebrated the work of his lifelong friend James Veitch, Mary Sommerville, geologist James Hutton and Dr George Johnston.
As part of the workshop to appreciate the work of these scientists, the children enjoyed making a kaleidoscope I had designed using laser cut materials.