By Amy MacLaren, Director of Development & Communications, British Science Association

One of our objectives for British Science Week this year was to not only celebrate the thousands of activities, demos and events that take place in schools, but also to increase the volume of events in local communities.  We’ve been delighted by the number of community organisations who have registered to run events during the week.

Another target was to encourage organisations that might not traditionally be associated with science to take part... The response from the museums and heritage sector has been particularly brilliant. 

Some of the UK’s largest cultural institutions have come on board – with an event at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), an event and daily tweets from curators at the British Museum, and a packed programme of events for school groups at the National Football Museum in Manchester

But there are many, many others too... 

Regional museums offering family and community events include the Great North Museum, Newcastle; Bolton Library and Museum; the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, and the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. 

From events with the
Canal and River Trust to activities at the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre, there are lots of opportunities to explore the UK’s waterways and coastal areas this British Science Week. While railways and tunnels, perhaps more expectedly, feature too - with organisations including the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the National Coal Mining museum taking part.

We’re also delighted to see bookshops getting in on the act.  Waterstones in Bradford is hosting what looks set to be a wonderful event - an exploration of humanity using poetry and spoken word performance to tell stories of three female archaeologists – and the Foyles in Westfield Stratford City has once again produced an in-store display of some of the best science and environment books for children.

Finally, I’d like to thank the Science Museum for hosting one of the BSA’s flagship events – a science show for children from Kids Company

Reaching new audiences

We’re hoping that by involving a whole range of cultural institutions, heritage organisations, shops and other surprising places in this national celebration of science, we can reach many more people – some of whom might not previously have thought they were interested in participating in a science event or activity.