Worcester museum awarded science grant  - The Worcester Observer

Worcester museum awarded science grant 

Worcester Editorial 10th Jun, 2024   0

THE MUSEUM of Royal Worcester has been awarded Royal Society of Science grant.

It has been chosen as one of 36 small museums across the country to be awarded the funding of £3,500 by the society in the latest round of its places of science scheme.

The scheme is aimed at engaging with local communities with local science stories.

Places of Science aims at celebrating projects which evoke curiosity and enthusiasm by exploring science in a creative way and also contributing to the museums recovery.

Sophie Heath, museum director, said: “The Museum will use this funding to host hands-on workshops exploring the science of historic ice-cream.

“Participants will be able to churn and mould the much-loved dessert and learn about the science behind its preservation.




“Dating back in the UK to a 1671 Windsor Castle feast, ice-cream throughout the centuries reflects changing tastes, fashion and manners, availability and affordability of food, as well as the history of sugar.

“We are really looking forward to bringing Worcester’s porcelain to life through this interesting history.”


Dr Neil Buttery, project food historian said the project will connect people with scientific processes via social history and practical cookery.

Professor Carlos Frenk CBE FRS, cosmologist and chair of the Royal Society public engagement committee, said: “The Royal Society Places of Science scheme is now in its fifth round, and once again, the sheer diversity of projects and the creativity of this year’s awardees is astounding.

“Science plays a daily part in all our lives, and I’m delighted to think that new audiences from across the UK will be able to learn about the fascinating ways in which science has shaped their local communities throughout history and the vital role that it continues to play today.”

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