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Places of science

Supporting museums to engage local communities with science through their heritage and collections.

Through the Places of science grant scheme in 2022, 36 small museums across the United Kingdom have received up to £3,500 to run projects that tell stories of science to their local community. 

Explore the projects, including those in your local area, through our dedicated webpage and interactive map.  

Applications are now closed

The next round will open in 2024.

For information, you can read the full scheme guidance (PDF) here 

About the scheme

The scheme provides grants of up to £3,500 to small museums, funding projects that tell the stories of science and scientists relevant to communities across the UK.

We want to fund projects that

  • highlight the topics, stories and people that are relevant to your local community
  • present science in new and interesting ways
  • encourage participation and involvement of the local community
  • provoke curiosity, interest and enthusiasm among those that take part

We are particularly interested in projects that

  • explore the experiences of historically underrepresented people
  • are led by organisations that don’t normally feature scientific content
  • involve partners that can enhance the project’s outcomes, impact or quality
  • reach audiences who do not normally engage with science
  • enable possibilities for digital engagement, either as a main feature or as part of a contingency plan

For more details, please read our scheme guidance

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