Cambridge Science Centre


Cambridge’s first hands-on science centre opens in time for February half-term school holidays

Written on 7 Feb 2013 in Press Release

The Cambridge Science Centre will inspire locals, schools and visitors to Cambridge with exhibitions, shows and interactive science activities for all ages all year round.

Cambridge, Thursday 7th February 2013 09.00: Just in time for half term, the Cambridge Science Centre will officially be opened today by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. This dynamic interactive gallery space will be packed with exhibits and events for families, schools and tourists. The Centre will help bring to life the great research from around the local area, and give visitors a chance to interact directly with the scientific talent which has made Cambridge world famous. The Centre will be located in central Cambridge at 18 Jesus Lane, a property generously made available by Jesus College Cambridge, just a few minutes walk from public parking and major Cambridge tourist attractions.

Professor Borysiewicz will officially open the Centre at 11.30 today to a local school group. Chairman of the Cambridge Science Centre, Dr. David Cleevely CBE, will introduce Professor Borysiewicz and welcome him to the site. Also attending the opening will be Professor Ian White FREng, Master of Jesus College Cambridge. After the official opening, Professor Borysiewicz will tour the Centre along with Dr. Cleevely and Professor White, to speak with members of the Cambridge Science Centre team and researchers who have contributed to the first exhibition.

Professor Borysiewicz said: “Cambridge’s scientific discoveries past and present are known around the world, and this enterprising initiative, the Cambridge Science Centre, will help bring this to the local and visiting public in an exciting and relevant way. With its focus on family hands-on learning, this new Centre is a wonderful complement to the University’s own outreach activities. It will help inspire the next generation to get actively involved in the sciences.”

Open six days a week including weekends, the Centre will provide easy access to hands-on exhibitions appropriate for a wide range of audiences. The exhibits are approachable by those with no background knowledge in a scientific subject, and floor staff experienced in science communication are always on hand for those that want to find out 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 Cambridge Science Centre will provide truly memorable hands-on science experiences for all its visitors, young and old. I look forward to welcoming our first families to the Centre during the February schools half-term holidays” said Dr. Cleevely, “We are especially grateful to our Founding Sponsors, supporters and Jesus College Cambridge who have helped us get the doors open, and provide a great experience at very accessible prices.”

Exhibition content developed in collaboration with researchers from the University of Cambridge will be both on the gallery floor and accessible through the Centre’s newly developed website. By working closely with local researchers and businesses, the Centre will ensure that a visit is always topical and fresh for both the first time visitor and those that come back again and again.

Along side exhibits developed in Cambridge and an eye-grabbing hands-on mechanical gear-wall from the Centre for Life in Newcastle, the Cambridge Science Centre will be hosting part of the touring exhibition “Inside DNA: A Genomic Revolution”. Funded by The Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest charity, the “Inside DNA: A Genomic Revolution” exhibition is the result of a partnership between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), and At-Bristol, a leading science centre in the UK, with scientific support from the world renowned Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

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: or contact the Centre at: The Jesus Lane site will also help the Cambridge Science Centre initiative showcase its vision 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 for a permanent exhibition centre, should contact the Centre at:

The Centre is to open to the general public on Friday February 8th at 10:00am.

General Info about the Cambridge Science Centre:

The Cambridge Science Centre is a registered educational charity (No. 1146349) providing year round public access to hands-on science through public exhibitions, events and schools outreach. The aims of the charity are to: inspire visitors to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to reach underserved communities with engaging hands-on activities, to help the public better understand current research, and to motivate people to apply scientific observation and reasoning in day-to-day life. The Centre is located in central Cambridge at 18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BQ. The Centre is a member of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. To find out more on programmes and events visit: or follow on Twitter (@camsciencecntr)

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