At-Bristol, soon to be We The Curious

At-Bristol relaunches as We The Curious

Simon Stephens, 30.08.2017
Venue among those benefiting from Inspiring Science Fund
At-Bristol is to relaunch as We The Curious on 14 September as part of a wider plan for the 17-year-old science centre to transform its visitor offer.

At-Bristol says its aim to “make science accessible to all” is no longer unique and its new mission is to “create a culture of curiosity”. Research carried out by the science centre, which is an educational charity, found that audiences wanted it to “be more challenging”, to “take a stance” and to “be for everyone”.

“We The Curious marks the new direction and intention to create a culture of curiosity,” said an At-Bristol statement. “It will be a creative, multi-disciplinary space where science and culture collide and collaborate.”

At-Bristol is one of five science centres that is to receive funding from the Inspiring Science Fund (ISF), a capital grants programme designed to help UK science centres rethink what they offer the public. The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Wellcome charitable foundation.

At-Bristol will receive £3m from ISF, which has awarded more than £13m in its first round. The other beneficiaries are Aberdeen Science Centre (£3m), International Centre for Life, Newcastle (£2.6m), Thinktank, Birmingham (£1.4m) and W5, Belfast (£3m).

“The Inspiring Science Fund helps science centres rethink what they can be and how they work with the communities around them,” said Imran Khan, the head of public engagement at Wellcome. “As it’s a capital fund we’re really excited to see what the successful centres will do in terms of creating new, welcoming spaces for science to inspire and connect people from all walks of life.”

Applications for the next round of ISF funding are now open. The deadline for preliminary submissions is 19 October.

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