The Eden Project
St Austell, Cornwall
Phone 01726 811911
Built in a disused quarry, the idea of the Eden Project was to recreate many of the climatic zones of the world. It houses 100,000 plants.
There are regular events. This summer the Eden Sessions will feature music from Basement Jaxx, Ian Brown and Embrace.
Transatlantic slavery — against human dignity
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool.
Open daily 10am-5pm. Entry free.
Phone 0151 478 4499 or go to www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/slavery
ThIS exhibition takes you through the history of slavery in the Americas. The section on the sugar trade is excellent, with the basement gallery darkened to resemble the hold of a ship.
Throughout the exhibition the illustrations and artifacts displayed are well chosen and presented. Perhaps most interesting are the soundsticks providing audio material drawn from ships’ logs, slaveowners’ diaries, and letters.
Blaenafon, Torfaen, South Wales.
Open daily 9.30am-5pm.
Visitors must be over 5 years or at least 1 metre tall to go underground. Entry free.
Phone 01495 790311
Big Pit was a working coalmine until it closed in 1980, reopening as a museum in 1983.
Underground tours, led by ex-miners, take you down into the mine.
On the surface you can learn more about the story of coal and its extraction from below the ground.