Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium in an educational charity that inspires and engages people through science and technology. The overall aim of the charity is to encourage young people to consider a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM). Based in a rural location on the outskirts of Winchester [UK], the site houses; a Science Centre with 100 hands-on exhibits and an education workshop facility, plus a planetarium which is the UK’s largest capacity digital planetarium (which offers both live and pre-recorded shows.) The site is open seven days per week. The education team host activities on-site and off-site to school pupils from Winchester and beyond. The Science Centre also draws large numbers of general visitors to the area.

Based on actual figures to-date (end March 2016) over 175,000 general entry tickets were sold plus an additional 100,000 planetarium tickets. This is the highest number achieved since the charity started some 30 years ago.

The Science Centre has been working closely with The University of Southampton since its inception in 1985. Initially this was on an ad-hoc basis with individual academics and departments and more recently The University has funded visits by school pupils from Southampton to enable them to attend the Science Centre at no cost. In addition, several Southampton academics have presented public lectures in the planetarium.