The Exeter Science Centre
Our vision is to create an exemplary not-for-profit science-discovery
centre in Exeter, with an ethos of ‘Explore, Learn, Be Inspired’. We want
to create a place where everyone feels welcome, regardless of background,
education or interests.
We’ll fill the centre with hands-on exhibits, inspired by the best science
centres around the world, and create a cultural hub that is appealing to
everyone. Science underpins our modern society, and we want everyone to
feel that they can, and want to, engage with it.
We’re keen to work alongside the science-based institutions and businesses
in our local area, to communicate their cutting edge STEM research to the
public. We also aim to interweave Art with our exhibits (making a STE-A-M
exhibition) to express and mirror the underlying creative process involved
in every scientific endeavor.
- Raise the science capital of the audience.
Active collaboration with local industries / businesses / groups
to showcase cutting-edge science & engineering research &
technology, engaging the public with current research &
Create fresh, regularly changing hands-on exhibitions with a
focus on key global issues and how current research is tackling
Motivate and empower the public to
care about the world around them (and beyond) and to
make a difference themselves.
Encourage more young people to consider careers in science by
demonstrating what scientists actually do and making it more
accessible and relevant to them.
Who We Are
Our team is led by Natalie Whitehead, due to complete her PhD in Physics
this year, and Dr. Alice Mills, who is the Science Outreach Officer at the
University of Exeter.
We are outreach enthusiasts, with years of experience in communicating
science to school children and the general public, and a desire to give
science a clear voice in our society. We want to break down the barriers
that prevent or discourage people from engaging with science.
Phase 1: Feasibility study: mini business plan, consultation with the
public & local interest groups (current)
Consultation with schools and STEM-based companies / institutions in the
We aim to ensure that people from all backgrounds across the region are
Phase 2: Detailed business planning
Creation of the business plan following our detailed consultation,
working with key interest groups to ensure all needs represented.
Phase 3: Call for funding, raising interest with Outreach-on-Tour
- Applying for funding from various sources.
In the meantime, we aim to carry out a small-scale outreach tour of
hard-to-reach communities, assessing the interest in themes / demos we
would like to use in the centre and raising awareness of and interest in
Phase 4: Detailed design
If funding is successful, design of the building and detailed plan of
all aspects of the building.
Phase 5: Building the Centre
If you have any views / comments / suggestions, we’d love to hear them! We
are determined that this project reflects the views and wishes of all our
local citizens, schools, businesses and STEM organisations, and will make
a genuinely positive contribution to our community.
Contact us at
- we’d love to hear from you!