Thirty-six small museums across the UK have been awarded funding by The Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme to engage communities with local science stories.

Now in its fifth round, the scheme has awarded grants of up to £3,500 to back the creation of stories of historic crafts including glassmaking in Worcestershire, blacksmithing in Hertfordshire, and cyanotype printing in North Yorkshire.

Other projects funded will focus on historic figures, among them botanist Matilda Knowles, considered the founder of modern studies of Irish lichens, and Richard Hill, a prominent black abolitionist and naturalist, born in Jamaica who emigrated to Horncastle, Lincolnshire in the 1800s.

Chair of the Places of Science allocation panel Professor Russell Foster CBE said: “It has been wonderful to see so many creative ways of sharing scientific stories that are both engaging and accessible.”

Chair of the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee Professor Carlos Frenk CBE added: “Science plays a daily part in all our lives, and I’m delighted to think that new audiences from across the UK will be able to learn about the fascinating ways in which science has shaped their local communities throughout history and the vital role that it continues to play today.”

The 2024 Royal Society Places of Science museum projects

Beaminster Museum – Using 3D scanning to improve access and education of heritage objects

Braintree District Museum – The Braintree Museum Urban Garden Project

Bruce Castle Museum – Getting the Measure of William Bedwell: Maths, Measurement, and the Arabic world

Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre – Communicating conservation science at Chippenham Museum

Coleraine Museum – The Evolving Science of Digging Up the Past

Congleton Museum – Our Disappearing Nature!

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden – Jenner & The Oxford Vaccine

Epworth Old Rectory – Cures from the Garden: 18th century medicine at home

Gilbert White & The Oates Collection – Migrant Journeys

Herschel Museum of Astronomy – Amazing discoveries planetarium project

Highland Museum of Childhood – Exploring the Science behind Strathpeffer’s Victorian Spa

John Moore Museum – Natural Curators

Mid-Antrim Museum -Matilda’s Laboratory Challenge!

Milford House Museum – Milford House the story of electricity and the wonder of its age!

Much Hadham Forge Museum -Forging Links with Science at Much Hadham Forge Museum

Museum of Dartmoor Life – A Shroud for Mother Nature – Is Dartmoor Dying?

Museum of North Craven Life – Ground Nest Fest 2024

Museum of Welsh Cricket – Urban microclimates and their potential impact on summer sport in future

National Mining Museum United Kingdom – “The Rescuers” Tackle Climate Change

North Lincolnshire Museum – Beneath Our Feet: exploring the geology and history of North Lincolnshire, from the ground up

North Lincolnshire Museum (Rural Life Museum) – The Science of Stubbs project

Pannett Art Gallery – Look Closer, see the Extraordinary

Peace Museum – Caring for our world

Port Sunlight Museum – The Sunlight Soap Challenge

Sir Joseph Banks Society CIO – Richard Hill

Stromness Museum – Mineral Minds

Teign Heritage – Sun, sea and shifting sands – how the weather impacts the Teign Estuary

Tetbury Police Museum & Courtroom – Criminal Science and its relationship to Social Justice and Community

The Apsley Paper Trail – Recycling Paper: not a new invention

The Diving Museum – Diving into the Future at the Diving Museum

The Museum of Royal Worcester – The science of historic ice-cream: a hands-on workshop with the Museum of Royal Worcester

The Red House – The Science of Sound – creating a new offer for secondary students

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