Scientist in Residence

Where do we come from and where are we going?

Come to the Palace of Dreams, aka the Mount in Fleetwood to find out

Visioning Lab’s Director, Dr Jessica Symons, is currently Scientist in Residence at a Victorian pavilion in Fleetwood, a seaside town in Lancashire.

Over 6 months (Sep21-Feb22), she is collaborating with locals and visitors to run events, workshops and dropin sessions exploring the theme ‘Where do we come from and where are we going?’

Upcoming events

Invite to create Window Exhibition at The Mount on Nature, Science, Art and Everything

Scientist in Residence at the Mount, Dr Jessica Symons has teamed up with artist and curator of the Wonder Room, Tina Dempsey to arrange an exhibition at the Mount to run from 10th-20th February. The exhibition will feature window displays in the Mount on different themes such as rocks, shells, fish, plants, birds, ships, machinery, navigation, astronomy, ideas and aspirations.

Jessica and Tina will run a series of online drop-in workshops developing ideas for the window displays over the next 6 weeks on Wednesdays 3-5pm. Feel free to drop into 1 or more of these sessions using the link below:

The Mount workshops
Wednesdays from 12th Jan – 9th Feb · 3:00 – 5:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: 

On 10th Feb, you will also be welcome to join Jessica and Tina at the Mount during the day to prepare the exhibition for display and come to the exhibition launch event at dusk. Just drop in at the Mount between 10-4pm.

Residents and visitors to Fleetwood will then have the opportunity to enjoy the window displays from 10th to 20th February – by looking through the Mount windows!

10th-20th Feb Exhibition at The Mount
Making a window display in collaboration with Fleetwood-based artist Tina Dempsey

A marine festival in miniature. Art meets Science display in the windows of the Mount made in collaboration with local residents for February half term.


Previous events

2nd-3rd Sept – The Palace of Dreams

The Mount is a place to come and declare your aspirations, hopes and dreams. People are invited to declare their hopes by writing them on a card and taking a stone or shell as a reminder of their aspiration. This way the Mount acts as a way of remembering what their hopes are, every time they look at it.

15th Sept – Mapping the beach

What does a square metre of stones and shells at the beach contain? Finding out using identification reference books. See the Twitter thread

16th Sept – Mapping the Mount

Making a map of the area around the Mount using estimates.

29-30th Sept – Mapping Memories with Fleetwood Museum

Finding out people’s memories of the mount and what it means to them in collaboration with the museum. See Twitter thread

6-7th Oct – Machines, mechanisms and movement

Using the clock and wind monitoring device upstairs at the Mount as starting point for conversation about machines, mechanisms and movement – how do they work and who knows about them. Fleetwood residents and visitors are invited to bring their own objects to show and tell on how they work.

20th-21st Oct – Tides, wind and navigation 

Seeking understanding on the tides, wind and navigation in the bay. The history of its surveying and the people involved. Fleetwood residents and visitors are invited to share their stories of sailing and following the tidal flows of the bay waters

3rd-4th Nov – Boats, ships, ferries and tankers

Considering the different nautical vessels used in the Fleetwood area – from rowing boats to sailing ships, past and present. Display of photographs in dock area. Fleetwood residents and visitors are invited to share their stories of boats, ships, ferries and trawlers.

17th Nov – Marine life with expert Trevor Lund
At Healthier Fleetwood in the Affinity Outlet centre, Fleetwood

Expert Trevor Lund joins us at the Healthier Fleetwood unit in Affinity/Freeport to explore What are the shells and stones we find on the beach? Identifying the marine life found in the bay!

Fleetwood residents and visitors are invited to come and look at marine creatures and pebbles as well as bringing photos of curious specimens they have found to discover what they are.

NB: this event may be filmed as a Facebook Live broadcast

18th Nov – Walk along beach towards Rossall Point
Walk starting from outside North Euston hotel

An outdoor walk along the shore to identify rocks, shells and marine life with expert Trevor Lund. We leave at 10am to walk towards Rossall Point. Come along for as long as you want. Bring boots and weather-suitable clothing!

1st Dec till mid-Jan – Where have we come from?

Launch of wall display at Healthier Fleetwood Affinity outlet considering: Where is the science in that? Looking at Fleetwood area and activities and considering what science is involved in their production. In collaboration with Fleetwood-based artist Tina Dempsey