Matthew secures industry sponsorship for Autumn firework lectures

Matthew at the Royal Institution of Great BritainSparks will be flying in education and science communication circles soon, purely for good reasons. Matthew Tosh is pleased to announce that Le Maitre Pyrotechnics and Skyburst, The Firework Company are jointly sponsoring a series of firework demonstration lectures this Autumn.

The first event is a stage show on 4th September at the Aberdeen Arts Centre, as part of the British Science Festival. Matthew is one of several presenters that have been invited to speak and entertain audiences during the course of one of Europe’s largest celebrations of science, engineering and technology.

Matthew says: “Having the support of Le Maitre and Skyburst is really good news and has allowed me to develop highly visual demonstrations that illustrate lots of different areas of chemistry and physics, in particular.”

“Science and fireworks go hand-in-hand. It’s a perfect combination.” adds the former Teachers TV presenter.

Skyburst Managing Director, Alan Christie says “We are really pleased to be able to support Matthew in his education ventures. He is a very competent and trusted member of our firework crew and a fantastic presenter. His explanations are always informative as well as entertaining.”

“We are also pleased to support his work about the safe and responsible use of fireworks and to help enthuse future industry recruits.”

On 6th October, Matthew will be presenting at the Royal Institution of Great Britain Family Fun Day entitled “Live Life in Colour”. Amongst the pyrotechnician’s explanations and demonstrations will be how fireworks get their colours and range of sound effects.

Matthew will be returning to the Royal Institution exactly one month later to present a Key Stage 3 schools lecture on fireworks. Matthew adds: “I will literally be going to London directly from my firing site on 5th November. The audience will be getting very up-to-date information from behind the scenes!”


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Matthew taught science for five years and has seven years’ experience in the pyrotechnics industry. He has a strong track record of managing professional shows to audiences ranging from 20 to 200,000 people and fired the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge daylight display for the London 2012 Torch Relay in Bristol.

The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest celebrations of science, engineering and technology, with over 250 events, activities, exhibitions and trips taking place over a week in September. The Festival is unique among those in the UK as it moves to a different location around the UK every year. In the last few years it has taken place in York, Liverpool, Guildford, Birmingham and Bradford. The programme of events offers something for everyone with activity for families and schools groups, adults looking for entertainment and stimulating debate or professionals interested in the latest research.

The Royal Institution Family Fun Day activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds.  Older and younger siblings are also very welcome and the day runs from 11:00 until 16:00 on Saturday 6th October. The events for schools are jam-packed with experiments, demonstrations, and the odd explosion! Lecturers are working scientists or professional science communicators, who are brimming over with passion for science and talented in communicating cutting-edge science to young people. The Schools Event: Fireworks! lectures take place at 11:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday 6th November. Please note, this event is designed for school groups aged 11-14. Home educators are welcome to bring their children aged 11 and above and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the building. Children under the age of 11 will not be admitted into the theatre. Booking information can be found at

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