Meet the Team

Mia Blundell director of Letterbox Lab.

Mia Hatton

Mia has an insatiable curiosity and never stopped asking what many would consider to be childish questions. Perhaps they are, but they have led her to some wonderful discoveries.
  
​Being curious earned Mia a science degree spanning all sorts of areas from astrophysics and astrobiology to neuroscience and psychology, so when aliens are discovered she expects to be called upon to psychoanalyse them. In the meantime she has devoted many years to sharing her contagious enthusiasm for all things science, and has been lucky enough to explore the world at the same time. She also enjoys logic puzzles (yes, seriously), learning to cook using science and hanging out with the family lizard, Bert.​
Bryan director of Letterbox Lab

Bryan Hatton

Bryan loves learning lots of new different things, which has resulted in him acquiring degrees in animal biology and computer science as well as a doctorate in the origin of life.

​Like one of his greatest science heroes, Dr Emmett Brown, he considers himself a student of all the sciences because science is a tool for figuring out why stuff happens. Whether you are figuring out why stars explode or why cats chase lasers, it’s all science. He has been lucky to have spent his career sharing his love for figuring stuff out with other people. When not doing that he’s usually eating cheese, binge-watching the latest TV series or playing some game on his phone that lets him be a wizard.

Meg

Meg

Outgoing, chatty and friendly, 11-year-old Meg is the go-to knowledge bank for her extensive circle of friends. She will often precede a sentence with “actually” (“Actually, that’s a nebula, not a galaxy”) but is so polite and cheerful that her friends have come to enjoy it. She has artistic flair and loves to create, but is methodical and analytical about her art. She loves to investigate using these skills, and science is her true passion.

When not looking at the Moon through her telescope, Meg is a keen photographer and netball player.

Pico

Pico

Meg’s 8-and-a-quarter-year-old brother, Pico, is enthusiastic about pretty much everything. He and his two best friends have astonishing stamina when it comes to Minecraft marathons and making “potions” in the kitchen, but Pico’s recklessness can sometimes get them into trouble. He’s always forgiven eventually because he’s the one that comes up with all the plans, and you never know where an afternoon at Pico’s house will lead.

When not experimenting to find out which science experiment makes the biggest mess, Pico likes magnets and watching Jurassic Park again.

THE STORY SO FAR

Letterbox Lab was created by Dr Bryan Hatton and Mia Hatton, who together run Hatton Science Communication Limited. We met working at a science centre where we developed all sorts of exciting shows about science, and trained people to present them in a planetarium, laboratory and theatre. As often happens, we bonded over a shared passion for science and all things geek, so in 2015 we got married. Rather than settle down into normal married life we left the UK to adventure around the world on a nine month semi-working honeymoon. ​​

Along the way we met many more people who loved science, and honed our skills doing amazing science activities in strange situations. We have made ping-pong ball cannons in a fortress in the Czech Republic, planetary landers on a farm in Norway, and balloon rockets in a bamboo school in the Malaysian jungle! We also got chased by an elephant and visited the childhood home of Arnold Schwarzenegger, as one does on a typical honeymoon.

​We made ping-pong ball cannons in a fortress in the Czech Republic, planetary landers on a farm in Norway, and balloon rockets in a bamboo school in the Malaysian jungle!

​We made ping-pong ball cannons in a fortress in the Czech Republic, planetary landers on a farm in Norway, and balloon rockets in a bamboo school in the Malaysian jungle!

On our return to the UK we were inspired to find new ways to make it as easy as possible for everyone to play with science. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the pleasure of discovery, regardless of their background, prior knowledge or the contents of their kitchen cupboards. We took our mission to sunny Wales and created an all-in-one science subscription box – Letterbox Lab was born.

The Letterbox Lab team: directors Mia and Bryan and the lab assistants Meg and Pico.