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Cambridge’s first interactive public science centre to open its doors in February 2013

Written on 7 Oct 2012 in Press Release

Cambridge, Saturday October 27th 2012

In a first for Cambridge, the Cambridge Science Centre is to open a dynamic interactive exhibition and workshop space for families, schools, tourists and the local community of scientists and engineers. The Centre will be located in central Cambridge at 18 Jesus Lane, a Jesus College Cambridge property and part of the historical Marshall Garage. At this site the Centre
will be right alongside other museums in Cambridge and existing major tourist attractions. Cambridge has a world-renowned reputation for scientific research and the Science Centre project will help bring this to the public in an exciting, hands-on and relevant way. The centre will be officially opened to the public by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, on Thursday February 7th 2013.

“Cambridge is a world centre for scientific discovery and engineering excellence, and an interactive public science centre here is way overdue,” said Dr. David Cleevely, Chairman of the Cambridge Science Centre, “Getting more people excited about science and technology is critical to secure future growth for the UK economy, and easy to access, memorable interactive experiences provide the sparks that inspire.”

Open six days a week including weekends, the Centre will provide easy access to hands-on exhibitions brought to life by floor staff experienced in public science communication. The Cambridge Science Centre will, from its outset, attract a wide range of audiences. The exhibits will be designed to be approachable by those with no background knowledge in a subject, and they will be supported by follow-up content for visitors who wish to learn more. Workshops will be engaging and creative whilst supporting key learning objectives for schools and families, and for adults
there will be shows and talk series run in the evenings. The Science Centre team is working closely with researchers within the University of Cambridge and other local institutions to ensure that content is always topical and fresh for both the first time visitor and those that come back again and again.

“It will be wonderful to have a drop-by Centre to help showcase the science and engineering research excellence of Cambridge”, said Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, “It’s a great pleasure to us to see this initiative get started on Jesus College property and very appropriate that it is so close to our new Marshall Court. We look forward to watching this Centre develop as part of the Cambridge public and academic community.”

The Cambridge Science Centre team will be looking to work with a number of partners as it develops. Teachers and individuals interested in the exhibitions, outreach programme and workshops should visit the website at: www.cambridgesciencecentre.org or contact the Centre at: info@cambridgesciencecentre.org.

The Jesus Lane site will also help the initiative showcase its vision and drive a major capital fundraising campaign for a permanent larger exhibition space in Cambridge. Potential sponsors for the Jesus Lane site and its programmes, and individuals and Trusts interested in the capital fundraising campaign should contact the Centre at: development@cambridgesciencecentre.org.

General Info about the Cambridge Science Centre:
The Cambridge Science Centre is a registered educational charity (No. 1146349) helping to develop year round public access to interactive science and scienceoriented arts through public exhibitions, events and schools outreach. The Centre is a member of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and it is working towards establishing a permanent public science centre in central Cambridge, England.

To find out more on programmes and events visit: www.cambridgesciencecentre.org
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Press Contacts:
General: press@cambridgesciencecentre.org