In what is the biggest single investment since it opened in 2001, Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) has received funding of £2.9m to revolutionise itself as a visitor attraction.
As well as improvements to existing facilities and exhibition spaces and the development of its community-based learning programme, the funding will transform the exterior of the centre by the Clyde at its Pacific Quay location.
Awarded through the Inspiring Science Fund – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Wellcome Trust – it is the biggest single investment in GSC since it opened in 2001.
The money will fund GSC’s Connect project that will deliver a range of new interactions and experiences to make GSC more attractive and accessible to a wider and more diverse audience and aims to cement GSC in the fabric of Glasgow as a community hub.
Dr Stephen Breslin, chief executive at Glasgow Science Centre said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been successful in our application to the Inspiring Science Fund.
“Connect aims to empower the people of Glasgow to make positive changes in their lives and communities through learning and engagement with science.
“It will build upon and expand our successful community engagement programmes to better serve the diverse communities across the city and will permeate throughout all of our activities to make us more relevant to Glasgow citizens – helping to raise attainment and develop skills for all.”
The funding will be allocated to a slew of projects, including:
The enhancements to the visitor attraction will be underpinned by organisational change that will create policies and practices that embed inclusion, diversity and equity within GSC.
Connect will embed the practice of Community Learning and Development into the heart of GSC to create and nurture diverse and aware staff.
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.”
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