World Museum Liverpool to host new national space programme

World Museum Space Gallery © Mark McNulty


World Museum has joined forces with the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to provide children with an opportunity to learn about human space flight and follow life on the International Space Station.

Backed by the UK Space Agency, the Museum is one of 20 centres across the UK to be selected to deliver a programme of activity to schools and families which will give children the chance to learn about Tim Peake’s mission. These include hands-on experiments, rocket demonstrations, space equipment and live video footage from the International Space Station.

As well as discovering all about Tim Peake’s work on the International Space Station, the two-year Destination Space programme will celebrate the team behind Tim, highlighting great opportunities for young people across the science and space sector.

Families and schools across Merseyside will be invited to join Destination Space through a calendar of free shows and live events taking place at the Museum from October 2015. News of the programme was officially announced at the UK Space Conference 2015, which is taking place in Liverpool this week.

Dr Steve Judd, Director of World Museum, said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected to deliver this unique programme, which is brimming with opportunities for children and families to be inspired by the wonders of science and space travel.

“Our Space and Time gallery, with its fantastic Planetarium, is a real highlight for many families visiting World Museum. Destination Spacewill allow us to reach even wider audiences through innovative, interactive events that will bring to life the fascinating science that makes space travel possible, and the incredible opportunities that it offers to today’s younger generations.

The programme will include special events for Tim Peake’s launch, meet-the-expert sessions and a fabulous astronaut show that will engage and inspire family audiences with Tim’s mission. Special curriculum-linked activities for school children aged 5-14 will begin in January 2016, during Tim’s time in space.


Online, Destination Space will allow people to follow Tim Peake’s adventures in space in real time, learning about inspiring figures within the field of human space flight and finding out what role in the crew would suit them.

Dr Penny Fidler, CEO of ASDC and Director of Destination Space, said: “Tim Peake is the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut and we want children and families to feel they are truly a part of his exciting mission. His journey and time on the International Space Station provides a great opportunity to encourage children to be more curious, ask big questions and to enjoy science.

“By following Destination Space online or joining us for one of our science centre events, young people all over the UK can explore human space flight in a hands-on, fun and involving way.

“We want to show there is a huge crew of women and men from all areas of science and engineering who work to make space missions possible. This is a chance to celebrate their endeavours, giving young people the confidence and curiosity to explore and ask questions long after they leave the science and discovery centres.”

Destination Space will take place at World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool from October 2015.