A total of thirty six small museums across the UK have been awarded funding by the Royal Society as part of its Places of Science scheme, which is designed to engage communities with their local science stories and contribute to the sector’s recovery.

The projects awarded span a vast array of scientific topics, from mental health, infectious diseases to engineering and palaeontology. Up to £3,500 was available for each museum, exact funding amounts were not disclosed.

Professor Jonathan Ashmore FMedSci FRS, Chair of the Places of science panel, and Professor of Biophysics at UCL said of the funded projects:

“From using embroidery to teach us about the Quaker scientist John Dalton’s work on meteorology, foraging walks to understand how the wool trade shaped the rich cultural history of Dartmoor, and using recycled tiles and crockery to celebrate a community’s local palaeontology heritage, these museums all welcome and embrace their science stories, past and present.

“Many of this year’s awardees are also actively trying to make sure that their projects are accessible to everyone in their local communities. If your local museum has been given a Places of science award, I would like to encourage you to look out for the displays, festivals, and exhibitions that celebrate the science on your doorstep and that will inspire local generations to come.”

The locations of the 36 museums awarded funding

Royal Society announces Places of science grants for small museums

Ballycastle Museum, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Marconi’s Moyle: Guglielmo Marconi’s radio wave experiments across the Sea of Moyle

Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield, England

Digitally discovering Erasmus Darwin

Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol, England

Be Well: the science behind your brain

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings, England

The dinosaur on your doorstep

Head of Steam – Darlington Museum, Darlington, England

The everyday science of railways

Leighton House Museum, London, England

Exploring sound and creating music

Linlithgow Heritage Trust, Linlithgow, Scotland

Royal Burgh of Science: from Waldie to Scotty

Mansfield Museum, Mansfield, England

Mansfield stargazers

Watt Institution, Greenock, Scotland

The butterflies and minibeasts of Inverclyde

Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton, England

Dye-ing on Dartmoor: Science and society from prehistoric to modern times

Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal, England

Weather watching: John Dalton FRS, meteorology and Kendal

Royal Anglian Regiment Museum, Duxford, England

Operation Infantry Science

Shetland Museum, Lerwick, Scotland

Telling the story of 18th Century vaccine pioneer and Shetland crofter Johnny Notions

Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna, England

Works like clockwork

Almonry Heritage Centre, Evesham, England

The medieval herb garden project

Clan Macpherson Museum, Newtonmore, Scotland

The Macpherson’s engineering wonders

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum, Uffculme, England

The power of steam

Dacorum Heritage Trust, Berkhamsted, England

Stories of “The science behind…”

Florence Nightingale Museum, London, England

From Scutari Hospital to NHS Nightingale

Hackney Museum, London, England

Ice Age Hackney

Headstone Manor & Museum, Harrow, England

Harrow’s health heroes: stories from the lost Harrow Hospital

Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster, England

Lancaster Dino Fest

Lewes Castle, Lewes, England

Exploring nature in Sussex

Milford House Museum, Armagh, Northern Ireland

The scientific marvels of Milford House

Moira Furnace Museum, Moira, England

Meandering around the museum

Museum of Global Communications / PK Porthcurno, Porthcurno, England

Planet PK Champions

Museum of Richmond, Richmond, England

Artificial silk: From Kew to the World

Museum of Welsh Cricket, Cardiff, Wales

Exploring a sustainable and environmentally friendly cricket stadium

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell, Scotland

As Easy As Rocket Science

PWRR and Queen’s Museum, Dover, England

Treating the troops: Medicine and the infantry, 1800-1920

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, England

Summer of STEAM

Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack, Scotland

The science of skulls

The Brunel Museum, London, England

Uniting art and science at Brunel’s Engine House

The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, Pinner, England

It’s all a bit Heath Robinson: A 150th birthday celebration of gadgets, games and general mayhem

Valence House Museum, Dagenham, England

Science and domestic alchemy: Anne Henshaw’s role in the history of chemistry

Wanlockhead Museum Trust, Wanlockhead, England

Mining for science

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