36 small UK museums receive funding to engage communities in science


A total of 36 small museums across the UK have received funding from the Royal Society under its Places of Science programme, designed to engage communities in their local science stories and help the sector recover.

The winning projects cover a wide range of scientific topics, ranging from mental health, infectious diseases to engineering and paleontology. Up to £3,500 was available for each museum, exact funding amounts were not disclosed.

Professor Jonathan Ashmore FMedSci FRS, chair of the Places of science panel and professor of biophysics at UCL said of the funded projects:

“From using embroidery to teach us about Quaker scientist John Dalton’s work on meteorology, from foraging walks to understanding how the wool trade shaped Dartmoor’s rich cultural history, and the Using recycled tiles and tableware to celebrate a community’s local paleontological heritage, these museums are all about welcoming and embracing their scientific stories, past and present.

“Many of this year’s winners also actively try to ensure that their projects are accessible to everyone in their local communities. If your local museum has received a Places of science award, I would encourage you to seek out the exhibits, festivals and exhibits that celebrate science on your doorstep and will inspire local generations to come.

The Royal Society announces Places of science grants for small museums

Ballycastle Museum, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Marconi’s Moyle: Guglielmo Marconi’s radio wave experiments across the Sea of ​​Moyle

Erasmus House Darwin, Lichfield, England

Discover Erasmus Darwin digitally

Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol, England

Be Well: The Science Behind Your Brain

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings, England

The dinosaur at your doorstep

Steam Head – Darlington Museum, Darlington, England

The everyday science of railways

Leighton House Museum, London, England

Explore sound and create music

Linlithgow Heritage Trust, Linlithgow, Scotland

Royal Burgh of Science: From Waldie to Scotty

Mansfield Museum, Mansfield, England

The Mansfield Astronomers

Watt Establishment, Greenock, Scotland

The Butterflies and Minibeasts of Inverclyde

Dartmoor Life Museum, Okehampton, England

Dyeing on Dartmoor: science and society from prehistory to modern times

Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal, England

Weather monitoring: John Dalton FRS, meteorology and Kendal

Royal Anglian Regiment Museum, Duxford, England

Operation Infantry Science

Shetland Museum, Lerwick, Scotland

Telling the story of 18th century vaccine pioneer and small Shetland farmer Johnny Notions

Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna, England

Runs like clockwork

Almonry Heritage Centre, Evesham, England

The Medieval Herb Garden Project

Clan Macpherson Museum, Newtonmore, Scotland

Macpherson’s engineering marvels

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum, Uffculme, England

The power of steam

Dacorum Heritage Trust, Berkhamsted, England

Stories from “The Science Behind…”

Florence Nightingale Museum, London, England

From Scutari Hospital to NHS Nightingale

Hackney Museum, London, England

Ice Age Hackney

Headstone Manor & Museum, Harrow, England

Harrow’s Healthcare Heroes: Stories from Harrow’s Lost Hospital

Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster, England

Lancaster Dinosaur Party

Lewes Castle, Lewes, England

Exploring nature in Sussex

Milford House Museum, Armagh, Northern Ireland

The Scientific Wonders of Milford House

Moira Furnace Museum, Moira, England

Stroll through the museum

Museum of Global Communications / PK Porthcurno, Porthcurno, England

PK Planet Champions

Richmond Museum, Richmond, England

Artificial silk: from Kew to the world

Welsh Cricket Museum, Cardiff, Wales

Explore a sustainable and eco-friendly cricket stadium

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell, Scotland

As simple as rocket science

PWRR and Queen’s Museum, Dover, England

Caring for troops: medicine and the infantry, 1800-1920

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, England

Summer of STEAM

Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack, Scotland

The science of skulls

The Brunel Museum, London, England

Uniting art and science at Brunel’s Engine House

The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, Pinner, England

It’s a bit Heath Robinson: a 150th anniversary celebration of gadgets, games and general mayhem

Valencia House Museum, Dagenham, England

Science and domestic alchemy: Anne Henshaw’s role in the history of chemistry

Wanlockhead Museum Trust, Wanlockhead, England

Mining for science


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