One Step Closer to Dundee Science Centre Expansion
Published on 7 July 2015
Dundee Science Centre is celebrating a fantastic 15th anniversary present, having secured over £1M of the funds required for its ambitious expansion plans.
The Centre, which began life 15 years ago this month as a Millennium Commission project, is a leading Scottish visitor attraction as well an established centre of excellence in science learning with a culture of curiosity, confidence and engagement with science.
One of Scotland’s four science centres, Dundee Science Centre is an independent charity and first opened its doors in July 2000 welcoming visitors to an immersive and exciting, hands-on exhibition experience.
Since then, the Centre has evolved into a learning centre, social venue, festivals’ hub and recognised contributor to formal education. Looking ahead, £1.1M of funding has now been secured to drive a major £1.7M expansion within the Centre, focusing on medical technologies.
Some of the most exciting scientific advances being pioneered in Dundee are to be brought to life as part of the plans. The Wellcome Trust had already awarded £850,000 towards the proposals which will focus on its two prime audiences – visitors and learners. Complementing a fantastic new exhibition, focusing on non-invasive medical technologies, will be state-of-the-art learning facilities, including a lecture theatre and live links to Ninewells Hospital clinicians.
Linda Leuchars, Acting CEO said, “Dundee Science Centre is here to help families learn together, to support the formal school curriculum, advance the science communication profession, bring together science and all sectors of the public, including ‘hard-to-reach’ communities.
“Our exhibitions are open 363 days per year, providing an inspiring, hands-on learning experience for everyone to visit. Our outreach work and festivals also help us take the same experiences across Scotland and beyond.
Reaching the £1M mark allows the Science Centre to progress the next four month stage which will see refinements in design from the original concept stage and finalising all specifications and drawings in preparation for achieving the necessary Building Warrant. This will then lead into the next four month stage focusing on appointing contractors, exhibition design and construction. The project is due for completion at the end of 2016, dependent on securing the further £550,000 through our ongoing fundraising campaign.”
Mrs Leuchars added, “As we celebrate the key funding milestone, and that of our fundraising target, we would like to thank everyone involved in the Centre’s growth and evolution – including the thousands of visitors and hundreds of partners we work with to provide our diverse and tailored programmes for all ages – and very much look forward to the next 15 years!”
Dundee Science Centre engages more than 100,000 people each year, through in-centre visits, community engagement, outreach activity and festival coordination.
For more information, please visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.