Living Bricks

Exploring the past, present and future of the brick

Poster for Living Bricks

Dates

Until Monday 7 May

Visitor information

Times

During museum opening hours


Location

Temporary exhibition space (formerly the Mithraeum), Hadrian’s Wall gallery, ground floor


Price

Free entry, donations welcome. No booking required


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About

Bricks have been the construction units of our homes and cities since the dawn of civilisation. You wouldn’t normally think of them as alive, but it’s possible that the bricks of the future will do far more than just shelter us.

As technology advances, scientists are designing new ‘living’ bricks that will house microorganisms we can make use of. Some will release energy that can provide small amounts of power, while others will make useful new molecules like biodegradable soaps.

The relationship between the built and natural environment is changing and it’s possible that someday the way to heal a stressed ecosystem will be to make a building, rather than to demolish one.

This new mini-exhibition explores the past, present and exciting future of the humble brick.