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This event will feature an amazing array of characters, all based on real York people or creatures, but all re-imagined by Professor Herring. They are:
The Time Lord
The Great Bear
‘Professor Herring’s Natural Hystery’ will also require detective skills from its participants, who will be given an incomplete Tarot-style picture card for each of the characters. The complete character cards have to be collected from the correct locations around York. Doing so will enable the true identities of the characters to be revealed, along with the scientific stories they have to tell. From this, participants will then have to uncover What Lies Beneath.
Like all good science, ‘Professor Herring's Natural Hystery’ will be about 70% fact and 30% speculation. Professor Herring will make some preposterous claims during the event; many will turn out to be true, but some will be lies. If, by the end of the event, the participants have worked out fact from fiction they stand to win Professor Herring's eternal admiration (and a small prize).
Neither a real professor nor a real fish, Professor Herring is the alter ego of Liam Herringshaw, a York-based palaeontologist. He will lead the event with support from Mr David Craven of the National Science Learning Centre, Dr Sarah King of the Yorkshire Museum, and a select band of waifs and scoundrels.