Winchester Science Centre is the only science and discovery centre in the central South of England and one of the largest in the country, with a strategic vision of sparking curiosity and a mission to build science capital for all.

Winchester Science Centre is an independent educational charity. Registered Charity No. 294582 - Company No. 02014929 - VAT No. GB 711 9712 45


Our charity was founded in 1985 as INTECH in response to the local shortage of scientists, engineers and technicians. Starting in a disused school canteen, the charity has grown dramatically, moving to its present award-winning building in the South Downs National Park in 2002. The charity is now a regional leader in science communication, welcoming over 185,000 visitors to the Science Centre annually, including over 40,000 school children, and engaging more than 30,000 people through school and community outreach activities. 

Since 2016, a new dynamic approach to science communication has been adopted. Visitors can now experience: regular live science shows; conduct-your-own-experiments; more diverse planetarium programming; a new Explorer Space exhibit; guest lectures; live streaming; sensory backpacks for visitors with additional needs; refreshed schools workshops, new after school STEM club resource pack and a tiered ticket scheme for schools.

As a charity we are committed to making STEM accessible to all. We have identified 7 priority areas and will be working with local organisations and the community to build science capital. The Isle of Wight is one of these priority areas and the Noël Turner Science Festival is our first step. We hope to expand our programme of events on the island to include outreach in schools and smaller-scale community events. 

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