Local heroes

Local Heroes

The Local Heroes programme has now come to an end, but you can find out more about it and gain ideas for your own science-related activities from our PDF case-study collection.

As part of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary celebrations in 2010, over 50 museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites across the UK brought the work of their local scientific hero to life through a range of imaginative and engaging activities for schools and public audiences.

The majority of the organisations involved in these programmes were small organisations with a focus on history or other non-science content.  Following the close of the anniversary year, the Royal Society maintained relationships with some of the organisations through the 'Local Heroes – Extending the Reach' funding scheme which provided additional funding for projects to reach new audiences. 

To help capture and share these outcomes and learning, and to maintain its support for non-science organisations in developing and delivering science content, the Royal Society delivered a series of 'Sharing the Experience' workshops, which used the activities delivered by Local Heroes organisations as case studies.

Five workshops took place throughout the UK between November 2011 and January 2012 and were designed to:

  • Share the learning from the Local Heroes and Capital Science programmes in order to support non-science organisations in developing and delivering science activities for young people.
  • Investigate what barriers informal education organisations face when developing and delivering enhancement and enrichment activities in order to inform the Society’s future work in public engagement. 

Workshop delegates were also offered post-workshop mentoring from the organisations that hosted the workshops, which included science museums, science centres and larger museums.  

Participating museums

A map of the participating museums is below and you can access a table with their details here. A list of the scientists featured in the programme is also available (PDF).