Artweek Inside Diamond

May 23.

Artweek Inside Diamond

Diamond Light Source teamed up with the Oxfordshire visual arts festival and welcomed visitors to Diamond to meet Artists who had been involved with Diamond’s art projects and also to meet our scientists, find out about the exciting work taking place here, and have a tour of the synchrotron itself.

Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire, UK

Diamond Light Source is pleased to announce their involvement in Artweek, the Oxfordshire visual arts festival. We will welcome visitors to Diamond to meet Artists who have been involved with Diamond’s art projects and also to meet our scientists, find out about the exciting work taking place here, and have a tour of the synchrotron itself.

Event details

Diamond continues to be involved in arts projects to demonstrate the links between science and art and involve many different areas of the community. You are invited to visit Diamond and see the works produced as well as meet the local artists involved, Anne Griffiths and Sharon Wyper. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to our latest project and put a stitch in our attempt to produce the world’s largest diffraction pattern.

You will also get an opportunity to learn more about Diamond, a particle accelerator which uses a beam of electrons travelling at almost the speed of light to create intense, powerful beams of light. We use this light to study the atomic and molecular structure of materials – everything from viral proteins to engine parts and ancient texts – to help scientists understand more about the way the world works.

This visit takes approximately 2 hours and will consist of :

  • An introductory talk about Diamond
  • A talk from one of the Artists
  • A guided tour - including a trip to see the synchrotron and our laboratories - please note that extensive walking will be involved;
  • An opportunity to talk to Diamond employees and ask them about their work and the facility;
  • A chance to view artwork done in collaboration with the local community and talk to the Artists involved as well as displays and animations of the synchrotron.

There will be four starting times for the visit, but due to the wide range of visitors that we receive the content will be tailored for different groups:

  • 9:30am and 2:00pm: Talks/tours for the general public. These sessions are now full.
  • 11:00am and 12.30pm: Talks/tours aimed at a family audience (it is suggested this may be more suitable for younger visitors, but please do note it is not suitable for children under 5)

Please note that these are recommendations; please feel free to request tickets for any of the sessions.


To reserve tickets please email Tickets are free, but you will need to respond to the 5 questions below:

  1. Please provide full names of all people you are bringing (5 maximum, including yourself). If you are bringing children please let us know ages (and note children under 5 are not permitted).
  2. Please provide your full contact details as the organiser (address, email and telephone).
  3. Please indicate which session you would like to come to; 09:30am, 11:00am, 12.30pm or 02:00pm.
  4. Please provide car registration (if applicable)
  5. Please let us know if you have any special requirements or mobility issues.

Due to the nature of the facility we can only accommodate a limited number of visitors and to ensure that many families can partake we limit tickets to 5 per person. However, if you would like to bring groups over 6 or more, please contact David Price (email above) to discuss requirements.

Please also note that due to the nature of the facility unfortunately we do not permit children under 5 to attend inside Diamond days.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Registration for this event closes Monday 18th May 2009. You will be notified by return email when you have been allocated an e-ticket, please bring a copy of this along with you on the day.

Information for visitors

Numbers are strictly limited, so tickets are restricted to 5 per booking. This event is aimed at age 11+ (and under 5’s are not permitted). Please bear this in mind when booking.


Because Diamond is a working site, with high security in place, we require your car registration number. Please have this available before you start the registration process. Parking is available on the day, and is around a 2-3 minute walk from Diamond. Disabled parking is also available.


There will be a cloakroom for bags and coats. Toilet facilities are available on site, including disabled facilities.


The tour involves extensive walking – around one hour. The tour route is fully wheelchair accessible, but please inform us on registering of any access requirements so we can meet your needs. There is a step free entrance to Diamond, although the tour route will involve the use of lifts.