This week, cheap-as-chips design pop-up The Poundshop heads to the Science Museum’s gift shop. Unlike its high street namesake, you won’t find any dubiously scented celeb fragrances or suspiciously cheap biscuits. Instead, you’ll be able to rummage through a curated selection of top-notch science themed gifts, keepsakes and other general bits and pieces made by emerging design talent. It’s a pleasingly eclectic (and nerdy) line-up: look out for crayons shaped as brains, ‘stitch-it-yourself’ constellation tote bags and paper Lego spaceships. Okay, so it’s not quite the authentic poundshop experience – the prices are a little steeper than your average high street bargain bin, ranging from £1 up to £20 – but when the stock’s as good as this, who are we to complain?
The pop-up opens this evening, just in time for ‘The Next Big Thing,’ the latest ‘lates’ event. So once you’re all shopped out, you can listen to Royal Society research fellows discussing the latest advancements in science and tech, watch a levitating train or build your own Lego organism. You don’t find that sort of intellectual stimulus at your local 99p shop.
Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. Wed Jun 24, 6.45pm-10pm; Thu Jun 25–Wed Jul 1, 10am-6pm.