Children from Bidston Primary taking part in a Eureka! Mersey consultation session

Plans for second Eureka! site in Wirral move forward

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 02.08.2019
Children’s science museum has now secured 75% of its funding target
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is moving forward with plans for a second site in Wirral, Merseyside, after receiving a £6.6m grant from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Eureka! Mersey is due to open in 2022 and will be located on the Wirral waterfront in part of the Seacombe ferry terminal and current Spaceport museum, which is closing down.

The new science and discovery centre is being co-created with children and young people from the local area, who have been taking part in workshops to share their ideas. The museum is intended to engage six- to 14-year-olds in Stem subjects.

The museum will be linked to Liverpool by ferry. Combined with a previous grant of £3m from the Inspiring Science Fund, the latest funding means it has now raised 75% of its total £11.75m costs.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, the chief executive of Eureka!, said “We believe the strength of our Eureka! brand and existing expertise can create an outstanding centre that will make the biggest impact possible among local communities. This is especially true for those living locally in Wirral who traditionally don’t access out-of-school cultural and educational opportunities.

“One of the most important elements for Eureka! Mersey’s success is that we are already working closely on a co-creation programme with young people in the area to devise content that will be uniquely relevant to them and to the wider region.”

Eureka! recently launched a summer exhibition at its Halifax site trialling innovative digital technologies, including touch-sensitive light pillars, 3D musical cubes and a motion capture tunnel. The Digital Dimensions exhibition runs until November.

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