Moments in Time, the Science Festival’s free outdoor exhibition celebrating Scotland’s scientific history, opened on Saturday.
A highlight of the two-week festival, the event is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Audiences stepping into four iconic police boxes will be transported back in time through a series of immersive snapshots to discover milestones of Scottish scientific achievement from the flowering of philosophy and science during the Enlightenment, through the Industrial Revolution, to the globally-connected Information Age.
Each box will focus on a different theme:
n Age of Enlightenment box introduces 18th century poet Alison Cockburn hosting a salon filled with 3D-printed items from the era.
n Grimy and mechanical Industrial Revolution box looks at how the new inventions and opportunities influenced contemporary lives.
n The Information Age box recreates a laboratory from Edinburgh University’s Roslin Institute - examine objects in a sterile box where they have to put their hands into gloves and view them through glass.
n 101 Scottish inventions box puts the ground-breaking inventions such as Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone (1876) and A G Barr’s Irn Bru (1901) in the spotlight.
Amanda Tyndall, director of Edinburgh International Science Festival, says, “As the Festivals reach 70 it seems appropriate to look back at some of the seminal moments in the history of Scotland.
“In 1947, the city went about reclaiming its place as a beacon of the enlightenment – a global hub for creative, scientific and cultural excellence, promoting innovation and international exchange.”
Edinburgh International Science Festival runs until 16 April www.sciencefestival.co.uk