National Space Centre

New National Space Centre gallery has lift off thanks to Severn Trent support

Image: © National Space Centre

A brand-new gallery will next year be opened at the National Space Centre following the award of essential funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund, a long-time ally of the visitor attraction.

The newest addition to the Leicestershire site, Earth from Space, is expected to welcome visitors from early 2022 and will explore the importance of data provided by satellites in managing humanity’s relationship with Earth.

Vital funding to facilitate the project was made available via the Severn Trent Community Fund, a charitable arm of the Severn Trent water company. The Fund is overseen by a Community Fund Panel of Severn Trent customers, with all applications for support reviewed by them.

As well its funding award helping with the new gallery’s delivery, the cash injection has also enabled the National Space Centre to retain team members integral to the process of developing ideas and content for Earth from Space.

Main entrance of the National Space Centre © Hufton + Crow

Steadfast supporters

Severn Trent’s backing of the National Space Centre is nothing new. Back in 1997, when the attraction’s Trustees were struggling to find a site in Leicester, the water firm donated a storm water tank on a sewage treatment works as a blank canvas in an ideal location.

The original site has since been bolstered by the additions of the Dock and Dock II innovation centres, with Space Park Leicester also set to open this summer.

“It is great to work with a partner who feels as passionately about the science behind their work as we do, as well as understanding the positive difference their funding can make to support the people living and working within their communities,” says Chas Bishop, chief executive of the National Space Centre.

The Severn Trent Community Fund’s investment in the Leicestershire institution is just one of many it makes throughout the region in which it operates. Up to £10 million will be distributed over the next five years to support new projects undertaken by charities and community groups.

On its work to support the creation of the Earth from Space gallery, Sue Heyes, community fund officer at Severn Trent, adds: “We know the past year has been extremely difficult for all, so we’re proud that we’ve been able to support with such an exciting project, that will bring enjoyment and education around the fascinating world of space, and make a positive impact to the community.”