UK science centres to receive funding boost to inspire more visitors to explore and discover science

6 science centres across the UK have received £13 million between them through the Inspiring Science Fund to engage new visitors

• £13 million to be invested in 6 science centres across the UK to engage more people with science as part of our modern Industrial Strategy

• new immersive technology, refurbished visitor hubs and a new community hub will aim to attract new, diverse visitors to the centres

• the successful Science Centres in Scotland, Wales and England will also use the funding to develop sustainable business models to ensure continued success for years to come

6 Science Centres across the UK today received a £13 million injection of funding to help attract thousands of new visitors:

• Catalyst in Widnes
• Dundee Science Centre
• Eureka! Mersey
• Glasgow Science Centre
• The National Space Centre in Leicester
• Techniquest in Cardiff

These Centres will all receive new funding after presenting exciting plans to connect with audiences and communities who don’t currently visit science centres or engage with learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The funding will help each centre create new learning activities to help reach audiences, improve their facilities and develop sustainable business models.

The new funding will be delivered through the Inspiring Science Fund, a joint initiative by Wellcome and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Inspiring Science Fund aims to support under-served and underrepresented audiences, delivering science learning and engagement opportunities that are accessible to all through Science Centres around the country.

Announcing the funding, Science Minister Sam Gyimah said:

"We want to bring the wonders of science to as wide an audience as possible and that’s why it is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. Today’s investment will help inspire people from across the country to learn about the truly amazing benefits that science and technology has on all our lives."

Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture & Society, Wellcome, said:

"At Wellcome we focus on people, and our public engagement activity is about helping everyone to play their own role in improving health. The Inspiring Science Fund enables science centres across the country to bring science, health and research closer to public. We’re looking forward to seeing how the successful centres develop and how they use this funding to involve ever more people in science in a way that is relevant and useful to their own lives."