Prince Charles is Toast: Science Festival Breaks Record for World's Biggest Portrait in Toast

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Richard Robinson, founder member of Spitting Image and now director of the Brighton Science Festival, will attempt to break the record for the biggest picture made entirely of toast, with a 1000-piece portrait of Prince Charles entitled "TOAST"

On Wednesday September 19th from 9.30. (Picture ready at 12.00 noon)

Richard Robinson will attempt to build the world's biggest picture from toast.

The most amazing picture in the most amazing setting - Herstmonceux observatory and science centre, BN27 1RN, Sussex

Why toast? the Science Festival will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of sliced bread.

Meet the Festival director, Richard Robinson. In a former life he was a founder member of Spitting Image

Watch him give Prince Charles the Spitting Image treatment with over 1,000 pieces of toast.

Not only the 80th anniversary of Sliced Bread, but also the 100th anniversary of the tea-bag, and ditto the coffee filter. Plus it's 400 years since the first fork was introduced to England. No surprise that the Festival will be doing breakfast as one of its events.

This event is to raise awareness, and ultimately to raise sponsorship to fund the next Festival

There is nothing like this Festival in the South of England. It is not only a captivating week, it is not only an essential forum for important issues in science, it is also driving up standards in science and technology and improving recruitment at A level, at degree level and in industry

Over 4,000 visitors are expected during the Festival Week. The Family Weekend attracts 1,000 people per day, from all over Sussex, plus some from London. The Big Science events attract 400 per day. Many other events happen during the week, as you can see from our website, (there's a four-minute video there which gives a good flavour of what we do).

The Festival attracts presenters and speakers from all over Britain - the universities of Swansea, Bristol, Portsmouth, Southampton, Oxford, Cambridge, Surrey, Brighton and Sussex have all been; Steve Jones, Adam Hart-Davis, Fred Pearce, and dozens of other experts have spoken; at least one TV personality has shown it is possible to climb up a wall with the aid of just two cheap vacuum cleaners. It is fun, but it is serious. For instance, we will be celebrating breakfast for a bit of fun, but also looking seriously at food miles, waste, Sussex agriculture and problems of diet and food additives.

The University of Sussex nearly closed its chemistry department. The University of Surrey has closed its physics department. The government has acknowledged that there is a crisis in science education in secondary schools. We've got problems. The Science Festival is squaring up to those problems. It is a terrific, high-profile, eclectic, popular advertisement for science in all its forms. It is the only festival of its kind south of Cheltenham and attracts presenters from all over the region - last festival featured presentations from nine universities; Swansea, Bristol UWE, Southampton, Portsmouth, London, Oxford, Surrey, Brighton and Sussex. Past speakers have included Adam Hart-Davis, David Bodanis, John Gribbin, Steve Jones, Tim Radford, Ben Goldacre, Simon Baron-Cohen, etc. The Festival deals with important, exciting and trail-blazing issues.

The Festival site is on, with a report on this year's sell-out events and a 4-minute video. It is an amazing week, most particularly because it gets the whole family participating. Kids (and in particular 12-14 year-olds) learn that science is not just something that happens in science lessons, but is part of the fabric of life.

The Festival helps us to

understand the past,

deal with the present and

prepare for the future

To book to come email richard(at)
To contact Richard phone 07974 572 990

For updates on times, phone the Festival office; 01273 777 628

Brighton Science Festival website;
The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731 Fax 01323 832741 E-mail: info(at)


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