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Steven Leech

Steven Leech

Curator of Exhibitions
Science and Industry Museum

Steven Leech is Curator of Exhibitions at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. He has recently worked as lead curator on temporary and touring exhibitions for the Science Museum Group, including Turn It Up: The power of music and Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You. Steven is passionate about creating playful, inspiring and inclusive exhibitions for family audiences and finding new ways to open up museums for everyone.


Steven Leech will be speaking at the Digital Exhibitions Summit 2023:

Going with your gut: creating a playful science exhibition

The new exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum, Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, takes visitors on a rib-tickling, outrageous adventure through the digestive system, lifting the lid on the fascinating science inside our bodies. Jam packed with physical play, hands-on games and interactives, tactility and sound, plus playfully presented objects from the Science Museum Group’s medical collections, the exhibition has been a roaring success with families. We’ll give you insights into how we balanced interactivity and sensory ‘wow’ moments with accurate science and inclusive interpretation, to create an exhibition that empowers visitors to be silly and appreciate their bodies.

Steven Leech