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Best known as the co-founder of Primitive Methodism, Hugh Bourne was also a self-educated local science pioneer, working in the community to promote scientific understanding and experiment.

Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum uncovered Hugh Bourne’s scientific legacy with this special event featuring talks and hands-on experiments. Visitors could explore the remedies behind his Physic Garden, see a Newcomen Steam Engine model and visit an accompanying exhibition.

Local Heroes

This event was held as part of the Local Heroes grant scheme, designed to engage audiences with the influence of science and scientists on local communities across the UK. From Orkney to Plymouth, 15 museums and galleries will reveal stories of scientific brilliance from across the ages. 

Read the full list of awarded projects.

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