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National Space Centre to share £13m funding boost

The National Space Centre in Leicester is among six UK centres chosen to share a £13m Government funding boost to inspire more visitors to explore and discover science.

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

It 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 underserved and underrepresented audiences, delivering science learning and engagement opportunities that are accessible to all through Science Centres around the country.

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.”

Catalyst in Widnes, Dundee Science Centre, Eureka! Mersey, Glasgow Science Centre, and Techniquest in Cardiff are the other centres receiving funding.

All six presented exciting plans to connect with audiences and communities that don’t currently visit science centres or engage with learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).