Exploring science through stories with the Francis Crick Institute

In 2015, The Francis Crick Institute – a world-class biomedical research centre – opened in King’s Cross, London. In 2013, while the building was still under construction, local children and families worked collaboratively with writers, illustrators, scientists and architects. Together they explored past, present and future themes connected to the Institute, to tell illustrated and comics stories about: Francis Crick and the discovery of DNA; the search for cures to major illnesses; and the future of the building itself. One of our favourite publishers – Nobrow (via their children’s imprint, Flying Eye)  – turned these stories into three beautifully illustrated print publications incorporating content by both the lead illustrators and the participants themselves. These books continue to be used by the Institute as education resources to engage young people. You can look at the publications or watch a short documentary about the project by clicking the links to the right.

WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS: Christiane Dorion / Tom Clohosy Cole / Takayo Akiyama / Jack Teagle

PARTNERS: Nobrow / Camden Working Men’s College / One KX youth project / Somerstown Community Centre

SUPPORTED BY: The Francis Crick Institute / Flying Eye Books / Esmée Fairbairn Foundation