Thursday 16th & Friday 17th February

The Albany 10:00 to 16:00

Blue Room


Enter into a fiery domain, see the heat and flames. Will you be scorched, disappear into a lava lake, or make it out alive? Come and see this hot world and live to tell the tale… it always helps if it’s virtual reality



How do you tell if a volcano is going to erupt? What testing can help you to find out? Spectroscopy is one method. It helps you test which chemicals are present in the world around us. Could these be the ones that indicate an imminent eruption? Could you be the first to know the truth? Are you the one to save Deptford?


Orange Room


Can you work with the National Maritime Museum to help plot a route, bringing you and your families to safety? Find out about the Marshall Islands Sea Chart and how it can be used to save yourselves from the clutches of a Supervolcano. You’ll need to balance affected tube lines, predict the movement of crowds across the city and the possible ash cloud fall-out. Do you have what it takes to chart of the best route using the resources to hand?



You’ve found bones badly damaged and burned in the garden. Have they died as a result of the Supervolcano? Was it a pyroclastic flow that killed them? Did they suffocate from breathing in the ash cloud? Or was it something more sinister? The Greenwich University CSI team are here to help you find out the answers. Discover what really happened and whether it is just the Supervolcano you need to worry about…



Want to code a robot to navigate different volcanic obstacles? Try and test different kinds of robot language and see if you can make it move where you want it! Orlando Miller speaks about the impact, for both good and bad, that robots can have in your lives.



The power supply has been wiped out. There’s nowhere to plug in your phone – the sockets are destroyed, let alone there being any power. Are we back to candles and shouting? There is an answer: solar power! Can you get things going again with the power of the sun? Eric Schloss is here with kit and experiments so you can discover how!


Yellow Room


Can you escape the fiery jaws of the volcano? In this Crystal Maze type game, solve the puzzles, leap the gaps and take the dexterity challenges to see if you can think, jump and manipulate your way out of danger!

So you’re stuck inside the volcano and it’s going to blow. There’s not much time left. Can you make it out? Do you have what it takes to pass the tests and survive? It’s the game with the ultimate stake: your life!




As Lewisham’s Supervolcano rumbles into action and Deptford disappears under a cloud of volcanic ash, join animation artist Jim Parkyn and put yourself in the story. Model a 3D self-portrait out of glowing clay and watch as an animated film of the eruption, starring your figure, grows before your eyes.



Look around you. Can you see everything that is there? Really? Look closer. Maybe closer still. How can you look even closer? Well, we have the very thing. Ever looked through a microscope? Seen the unseen? We have mini-beasts to check out and crystals to see. Who knows what you will find in the world of the microscopic…



Enter the belly of the beast! Inside our volcano styled temple, fashioned from upcycled materials, listen to the stories of people who have lived through and survived real volcanic eruptions. Could you survive? Imagine what it would be like if a real volcano erupted in Deptford!




Want to know where to go, what to do and what to see? Our information stand has all the answers. Come visit us and we will tell you where to go…But in a nice way!



Roll up, roll up! To be part of the SMASHfestUK experience, we will be issuing every young visitor with their very own persionalised ID card and SMASHfestUK Passport. If you manage to visit 12 separate SMASHfestUK events, you can win a FREE under-16 ticket to the Science Museum’s brand new Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.


Survival Village


You have little fuel, and it’s getting cold. How do you keep warm and cook your food? What is the most efficient way using the little you have? Rocket stoves! Come make the fuel and see it burn! How do you build stoves that use fuel in the leanest way? Remember it doesn’t grow on trees, there aren’t any left! With soup available, come warm yourself…



Water water everywhere and it’s all going down the sink… How do you get the water from where it is to where you need it? Piping! But there’s no plumber. What are you going to do? Can you fix it to get the water where it’s needed without losing any? There’s none to spare. Have a go making your own plumbing system in our survival village with engineers on hand to help you do it!



You’ve found water. At least that’s solved. But you’re only halfway there! Is it fit to drink? Poisoning yourself is not a great way to start your survival journey… What’s the best way to make it safe? Can you make enough, and fast enough to supply the village? Or do you just take what you need?



Enter the belly of the beast! Inside our volcano styled temple, fashioned from upcycled materials, listen to the stories of people who have lived through and survived real volcanic eruptions. Could you survive? Imagine what it would be like if a real volcano erupted in Deptford!



So you’ve been caught in the heat and the smoke. You’re not in a good way. Where do you go to get patched up? The Volcano Survival Centre. With top paramedics and burns experts find out how they respond in a crisis. They will make sure to get you at least functioning until the next disaster hits…



When the sky is dark and the land is barren what are you going to do for food? Scouring the supermarkets for the last remaining cans may be the short-term answer. But what happens after that? Plants won’t grow in darkened skies. But fungi will. Learn how to grow your own and take some home with you. They don’t take up mush-room!



The world needs rebuilding, but do you have the ability to do it? Can you use engineering and mathematical skills to save the world? Try out your solutions, test them and then try again. You can and must do it. The world is depending on you!


The Albany Garden


What are the most important things you need when an emergency has been declared? Well you need food, water, but also shelter.

Back for the third year Chris Harman is running the ever popular SMASHfestUK den-building activities. Can you build a shelter to survive the elements? Do you know what to do when there’s only the odds and ends left over in a disaster area? Chris Harman is here with answers. Find out the best way to build your survival shelter and make sure you make it out SMASHfestUK 2017 alive!



We’re building a 5 metre high cryovolcano and it’s going to be eruption shooting 1500 ping pong balls high into the sky above the Albany Theatre. Using liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees we’ll be setting off a massive explosion that will rock the festival. This will be an official world record attempt and you’re invited to help make it happen! Be part of history by helping us build this behemoth. Then when it goes off you’ll be a world record holder. Make sure you’re there!

Ear Pugs will be provided – It’s Going to Be Loud!

Organised by Middlesex University with  Dr Nathan Adams. Supported by Sheffield University.