We are now planning for a future which will enable visitors to once again experience all we can offer and the joy of just being in this very special place...
We are a small part-time team and most are on furlough.
Please be aware we cannot currently take phone enquiries and we request that you email us.
We promise to get back to you just as soon as we can.
Statement from Stephen Pizzey: Founder and Director
We had planned an incredible programme of Events & Activities, but then...
Rest assured our charity has been working hard planning for the future and ensuring that when we re-open every part of our operation is Covid-secure and compliant with official advice from Government and Public Health England.
We are considering ways forward that will enable us to continue to work with and support the educational community of schools from across the region. It has been heart-warming to have contact from many teachers, checking how we are and enquiring about collaborating with us as soon as possible.
Our exciting future opportunities include bespoke private visit experience packages and on-line courses.
General admission tickets will all be purchased on-line for timed morning / afternoon / evening sessions.
We are delighted to announce that we had just applied for a wedding premises licence... so 2021 weddings? Watch this space
This will have a lasting impact for everyone, not least the many educational groups who participate in our programmes - both at Herstmonceux and with our outreach.
As a charity we rely upon visitor support to help us maintain and develop this unique attraction and to achieve our Education Mission: "To promote the spirit of curiosity in all visitors in an inspirational and welcoming environment, providing opportunities to discover and engage with scientific principles.”
We would like to thank all of our supporters past, present and future.
Support and encouragement from visitors past and present is fundamental in all that we do and the whole team can't wait to welcome you back to this spectacular site to continue our 25th anniversary celebrations.
We will do whatever we can to ensure you receive a warm welcome, in a safe enriching environment...
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Keep an eye on the website: we are doing our best to populate the site with our new initiatives and fingers are flying as fast as they can across the keyboard!
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The Centre opened in 1995 with the vision to become a place where people could explore, discover and learn; increasing appreciation of science and technology through interactive hands-on exhibitions, educational events and activities.
When we began to restore the historic domes and telescopes of the observatory, the project was described as 'a labour of love unfolding in the Sussex countryside' and the late Sir Patrick Moore jubilantly announced that the observatory had been 'saved for science'.
It is thanks to the dedication of all who have worked and volunteered here that we have already achieved so much.
Many of our past visitors keep in touch and we would love to hear from you all.
We are creating a 25th anniversary section on this website and would love to share your memories & photographs, especially if The Observatory Science Centre has been the catalyst for your interest and even career in science / astronomy / teaching etc.
This won't take long...
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The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a company limited by guarantee registered in England No: 02186073 and a registered charity No: 298542. The registered office is 3 – 15 Stirling Road, Acton, London. W3 8DJ. UK.