SPARKING CURIOSITY AND BUILDING SCIENCE CAPITAL FOR ALL
Winchester Science Centre is the leading science and discovery centre in the South of England with a strategic vision of sparking curiosity and a mission to build science capital for all.
Our independent educational charity was founded in 1985 in response to the local shortage of scientists, engineers and technicians. We are now a regional leader in science communication, welcoming 180,000 visitors annually including over 40,000 school children, and engaging many more people through outreach.
We passionately believe that science should be for everyone – irrespective of background – and that we have a significant role to play, reaching out to a wider audience and sparking curiosity in order to help build science capital for all.
To achieve our strategic vision and mission we must make fundamental changes to our exhibition and extend our offer beyond the traditional boundaries of the Science Centre. We must change our attitudes, practices and physical spaces to truly advocate and encourage science for all.
Investing £3.4m to transform our visitor experience and reach new and under-represented audiences
The next three years will see Winchester Science Centre become a champion for science for all by transforming the current visitor experience and delivering an energetic and creative outreach programme. Through this significant investment, Winchester Science Centre will:
- Become the place to explore how STEM improves lives, celebrate diverse role models, particularly those with a disability, and create a welcoming space for all
- Enrich lives, start conversations and change behaviours
- Reach out to new audiences
- Create thought-provoking inspirational sensory experiences where all people are engaged; influencing our sector through leading by example and championing accessibility
The master plan
This ambitious project includes a £2.4m investment in Winchester Science Centre, to create a welcoming space for all, and £1m to delivery a schools, community and events programme. Specifically:
- A new 200-capacity live science theatre - an exciting stage for STEM and the arts.
- The Arcade - an innovative, accessible and sensory ground-breaking STEM exhibition.
- The UK’s leading accessible Planetarium – utilising innovation in communication, interpretation, design and STEM to provide an engaging experience for all.
- Improved visitor experience – including a Changing Places, better access and additional café.
- An extensive schools, community and events programme to reach six geographical areas identified as having the greatest need.
This project will transform the visitor experience, widen participation in STEM, secure Winchester Science Centre as an essential, sustainable beacon for STEM and facilitate cultural change within the organisation and the sector.
How can I help?
We are looking for support from both the public and private sector, STEM industry, suppliers and individuals. We welcome financial support and donation of time, materials and professional services.
We are hugely encouraged to have reached the final round of the Wellcome Inspiring Science Fund and if successful will be awarded £2.4m, 70% of the overall project cost. Our charity is responsible for securing 30% match funding, a total of £1m of which £450k has already be raised. To help us reach our match funding target please consider making a donation using the link below.
Leaving a legacy
A gift in your will can be a wonderful way to ensure that Winchester Science Centre can continue inspiring the next generation of scientists for many years to come. If you are considering leaving a legacy, please read the Science Centre’s legacy information leaflet, or contact Jane Chuhan on 01962 891935.
Fundraising is an essential element in the running of Winchester Science Centre.
As an educational charity, the Science Centre seeks support each year to enable the charity to achieve its mission of advancing the education and understanding of science and technology, and more especially enthusing and engaging young people.
Present supporters include:
A vote of thanks from the staff and Trustees goes to the following previous supporters (a number of whom paid for exhibits that are still within the main exhibition area):
A G Manly Charitable Trust
Baldwins Crane Hire
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Blagrave Charitable Trust
Davis, Langdon and Everest
Ernest Cook Trust
Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd
Exxon Chemicals Ltd
First Degree Fitness
Ford Motor Co.
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Gatsby Charitable Trust
Hampshire County Council
IBM UK Laboratories
Kirby Laing Foundation
Kvaerner Process UK Ltd
Marks and Spencer
Mercers Charitable Foundation
Michael Shanly Charitable Trust
The Millennium Commission
Mr & Mrs A Stannah
Portsmouth City Council
Roke Manor Research
Roger Brooke Charitable Trust
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Southampton City Council
Southern Water Plc
Sperry Marine Ltd
Stuart & Williams
University of Reading
VT Group plc
Winchester City Council