Esher Sixth Form College 6.1 students were encouraged last summer to take advantage of the amazing zoological, botanical and medical museums, exhibitions and collections right on their doorstep.

From visiting world-renowned institutions such as Kew Gardens to smaller, lesser known collections such as the British Dental Museum – they were then asked to complete a short review about what they learned and the best reports would receive a prize.  

Anna Viytovych, Sofia Hampton and Rebecca Greensmith were commended for their individual reviews of the Old Operating Theatre Museum in Southwark; the Florence Nightingale Museum by St Thomas’ Hospital and the Who Am I? gallery at London’s Science Museum.   

Ashraf Uddin won first prize for his write up of his visit to the Fleming Museum, St Mary’s Hospital, where in 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin, earning him a Nobel Prize. Ashraf says the visit helped him write his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) on antibiotic resistance. He won a copy of The Beautiful Cure by Daniel M Davis, which is about the body’s immune system and part of the 6.2 Biology syllabus.   

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