Public exhibition, Lancaster, 3 & 4 April 2014

DEMAND-Exhibition-4.14-PosterWhether the electricity that powers lights or the gas that heats water, energy in various forms is important for the routines of our everyday lives. But how much do you know about what energy is used for?

Our interactive public exhibition ‘Heating, cooling, lighting: What is energy for?‘, presented as part of Lancaster University’s ‘Campus in the City‘, invited visitors to explore the fascinating stories behind everyday energy use. Over 160 visitors learned about the history and future of room temperature and how standard units of clothing shaped the adoption of 22 degrees as a standard temperature. Posters sparked thought about why everyone is always talking about ‘keeping the lights on’. Participants contributed to interactive activities, and shared their experiences of heating, daily routines and how much energy people really need.  If you want to hear more about the exhibition please watch the video below:

Elizabeth Shove wrote a blog for Lancaster University in advance of the exhibition, and the related press release led to coverage in the Daily Mail and Click Green, as well as an interview on BBC Radio Lancashire with Graham Liver.

More information about online and in-person engagement around the event can be found in this Storify post about the exhibition.

The exhibition was produced by Allison Hui and Elizabeth Shove, with additional help from DEMAND colleagues. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Allison Hui at


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