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Dom Joly at Science Museum Wroughton

Dom Joly at Science Museum Wroughton

Dom Joly faces Swindon wrath

On his latest visit to Swindon, Dom Joly gets stuck to the windshield of a transit van...

He's called the Railway Village a slum, claimed Swindon was "the Bronx of the Cotswolds" on a Radio Five show and in his weekly column in the Independent on Sunday has referred to it as the ugliest Town in the UK…

All of which makes him an interesting choice to front up the Science Museum Swindon's campaign to bag £50m of lottery funding.

Dom Joly at Science Museum Wroughton

Dom being briefed on velcro...

But the award-winning prankster, Dom Joly, has not only become the public face of the museum's campaign but has also braved Swindon's wrath to launch it.

Having publicly "declared a ceasefire with the town", and fighting his urge to say "something rude about Swindon", the creator and star of the Channel 4 series Trigger Happy TV was at Wroughton risking life and limb in the name of science.

Dom Joly stuck to the windscreen

Velcro-ed to the front  of a transit van, Dom was the highlight of the high speed launch of the museum's Punk Science national tour.

The tour, headed up by a group of three entertainers commissioned by The Science Museum, is due to hit shopping centres up and down the country in the next few weeks.

Billed as 'some of the most exhilarating science shows ever seen' the Punk Science-ers (Brad, Dan and Jon) have not only made it their mission to make science fun but interesting and engaging as well.

The Punk Science Group

The Punk Science Group

Serving up demos on how to fly and how the greenhouse effect works the mad scientists' also promise to give pointers on how to make a wild and messy experiment of your own.

Punk Science Tour

The Punk Science Tour has been launched to drum up support for the Science Museum's Inspired project.  The project is due to go head-to-head in a televised vote, later in the year, against six other candidates all vying for £50 million from the Big Lottery.

According to the Science Museum's Director, Martin Earwicker, the funding is vital for the projects future as a brand new type of interactive museum:

"The Punk Science shows are such a great demonstration of how science can be extremely engrossing and fascinating," says Martin, "whilst educational all at the same time.

"They are definitely worth a visit! The tour is designed to give people a taste of what they could experience at The Science Museum's Inspired site, if we win the vote."

Due to open in 2010 Inspired is hoping to become Europe's biggest museum showcasing over 200,000 examples of the greatest innovations of science and industry of the last 300 years.

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