Case studies

Below are some case studies from science centres. If you have a success story, or want to share something you have learnt, please submit your information here.

Armagh Observatory & Planetarium Bold Futures group

Bold Futures: Armagh Observatory & Planetarium

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Armagh created a youth forum of children with autism giving them the power to drive change around accessibility at the observatory and the delivery of their programmes. 

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Xplore! Science Discovery Centre

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A place of lifelong learning Project goals: Increased number of communities participating in lifelong learningBreaking down barriers for communities with their local science centreImproved relationship with the centre’s community partnersXplore! Science Discovery…

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Bringing together a research team of people with experience of living with disabilities which affect mobility, Discovering42 is investigating existing challenges and limitations around interactive exhibit design in museums and science centres. The research team will then go on to devise innovative and inclusive solutions. 

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Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales

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Amgueddfa Cymru, and partners Innovate Trust and purpleSTARS, are working to address a lack of targeted participatory events for disability communities in Wales. The project is piloting an innovative community action research framework, beginning with the creation of a working group to give people with learning disabilities space to be listened to and to share their expertise for better sensory engagement with museum collections.  

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Science Oxford: Breaking barriers with digital engagement

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 To have true engagement and impact in what we do at Science Oxford, it is crucial to make sure we provide activities and events that can be accessed by everyone.…


Science Oxford: Picking teacher’s brains

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Teacher Tasters The Science Oxford Centre (SOC) – facilities, spaces and content – was created with accessibility in mind (e.g. wheelchair accessibility, flexible spaces, choice and design of exhibits). We also…

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Making an accessible website

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 The idea for this accessibility website came as we were looking for alternatives to an in-person conference that had been planned before Covid-19 changed all our plans. Rachael and I…

Autism and science engagement

E=mc² : Life brings autism into the equation

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Working with the autistic community and the importance of user voice The Creative Explorations Project is well underway at the International Centre for Life (Life) in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The project,…

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Winchester Science Centre: Seasonal workshops

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Working with the community and the importance of user voice  Megan and Tim: Winchester Science Centre Megan and Tim visited Winchester Science Centre in December 2018. After feedback from their visit, the…

Oxford Natural History Museum Project

Beautiful Bacteria: Science, art and SEND

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October 2018 saw the opening of Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s (OUMNH) Bacterial World: The Untold Story of Bacteria exhibition. Funding from Biotechnology Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) enabled…