We are keeping things in the family for April's talk as we are joined by Ciaran Lavelle, an object conservator for Birmingham Museums. He'll be taking us through the variety of objects and collections he's worked on and the scientific methods behind conservation in his talk entitled-

'Anglo Saxon Ducks to Scott’s Penguin. An archaeological and museum object conservator's life.'

Ciarán Lavelle is an Irish object conservator and archaeologist. He is currently the object conservator for Birmingham Museums Trust. He has worked on objects in museum collections and archaeological projects from around the world, including, Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, Antarctica, Qatar, Kosovo, Greece, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. He has worked for heritage organisations including the Science Museum, Glasgow Museums, the Antarctic Heritage Trust, Heritage Without Borders, Bristol Museums and Art Gallery.

Café Scientifique takes place at Purecraft Bar. Located downstairs, the room has seating for 50 and capacity for up to 70 people. Food and drink can be ordered from the dedicated bar. The room can only be accessed from the main bar stairs.

Café Scientifique is a programme of informal science talks with time for Q & A and debate built in. With no prior knowledge needed, the events are a chance to socialise, relax and enjoy learning about contemporary research.