Techniquest Glyndwr shall soon be no more – here’s why!

Over the last 16 years we’ve cemented our name in Wales and the North-West as ‘Techniquest@NEWI’ and latterly ‘Techniquest Glyndwr’, but now we’re crafting our own bespoke identity and need your views.

After months of internal efforts we’ve shortlisted three names to take our brand forward to coincide with moving to our new Science Discovery Centre in the heart of Wrexham.

At the end of June we revealed that we had secured funding to finally achieve our long-held dream of re-locating to the nerve-centre of our community and now a new name and branding will compliment this.

Having used the trade name of Techniquest in Cardiff for almost two decades, we will now look establish our own brand and identity both in Wrexham, North Wales, the North West and further afield.

A major next step is consulting with the general public to receive their feedback in order to gather a favourable outcome for all.

As well as the change in name we'll also be completely changing our branding, which we hope will tie in with not just the aspect of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) but also the cultural heartbeat of the town in which we love.

To find out what the three names are and get voting simply check out the button below.

 

Town Centre Purchase and Further Plans Revealed

  • North Wales Science Ltd completes building purchase
  • Change of use approved by Wrexham CBC
  • Public thoroughfare plans revealed

Techniquest Glyndwr is thrilled to confirm that the purchase of the property within the centre of Wrexham – formerly occupied by TJ Hughes – has been completed.

North Wales Science Ltd has successfully procured the building and now work can begin creating a new science discovery centre within the heart of the community.

In June 2019 it was revealed that we had successfully acquired funding to make the purchase and create a brand new experience for visitors and schools alike, with the ball firmly rolling on the next steps for TQG.

In what is set to be an exciting 12-months for the organisation, the community are now being consulted on all aspects of the new centre. The purchase of the building is a major step towards the occupation of the Henblas Square property.

Planning has been submitted and approved for change of use by Wrexham County Borough Council for the centre that will include exhibition space, café, science shop, laboratories and theatre space.

The centre will also include a public thoroughfare, a welcome return for visitors to Wrexham town centre.

More information on work at the site and plans are set to be revealed in the coming months.

 

Techniquest Glyndwr Centre manager Scot Owen said:

 

“The purchase of the building is a positive stride towards us occupying our new home and we’re thrilled that this has been completed.

“We were delighted with the response from the public and local businesses alike when we were finally able to announce that funding was in place to re-locate and now those in and around the town centre will be sure to spot changes and progress being made to the building over the coming months.

“With the change of use being approved and the plans in place for an excellent facility which includes the welcome return of the walkway linking Henblas Square and Chester Street the ball is firmly rolling.

“The chance to bring a Science Discovery Centre into the town centre and firmly embed ourselves within the community is fantastic and we can’t wait to reveal more news very soon”.

Confirmed | Major funding to secure Town Centre Move

Techniquest Glyndŵr are delighted to announce a major funding package has been secured allowing huge opportunities for the organisation. It will mean that the Wrexham based science centre will be finally be able to realise its long-held dream of moving to the town centre into the empty former TJ Hughes building.

The move will enable the Science Centre to make use of the much larger premises to offer an ambitious programme of science events and a much wider selection of interactive exhibits to the public and schools from across North Wales and North West England. This will offer an exciting and innovative programme of events and interactive experiences that will engage visitors from local communities and across the region with STEM.

The £2.8million project includes £1.75million grant funding awarded by the Inspiring Science Fund and £750,000 from Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration Investment programme. The Inspiring Science Fund supports science centres across the UK, helping them rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome.

The bid for funding had the support of several key agencies in Wrexham including Wrexham Glyndŵr University and Wrexham County Borough Council who have been supporting the regeneration of the town centre.

The plans outlined in the bid have also received widespread public support, demonstrated by the large numbers of local people who visited the temporary science centre pop up over the summer months of 2018 when it was open during Wrexham’s series of monthly street festivals.

Local businesses in the town centre have also expressed their approval for the proposal to create a new town centre attraction which they see will help with the long term economic future of the town.

Many have been backing the #MyTQG campaign over the last 18 months and everyone including Ian Lucas MP, local government, businesses and the public have been right behind it. Techniquest Glyndwr is thankful for this support from our local community.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is now looking to local industry to support us financially and in-kind as we work hard over the next two years to develop the site and even more exciting projects.

The award of the funding begins an intensive 12-month period during which the town centre building will be purchased and converted into a fully operational science discovery centre to replace the existing centre on the Plas Coch Campus of Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

 

Scot Owen, Techniquest Glyndŵr Centre Manager said:

We’re thrilled to have secured the future of Techniquest Glyndŵr within the heart of our community here in Wrexham.

This move has been part of our vision for quite some time and now we’re able to actively begin to put our plans in place.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is committed to Wrexham and the town centre community, which goes hand in hand with inspiring young minds through STEM subjects. Having somewhere so embedded within the community will only be a positive for all.

We now continue to look forward in what is a very exciting time for both ourselves and Wrexham as a whole, with a fantastic opportunity to create something special for our region.

 

Hannah Blythyn, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government said:

“Moving Techniquest Glyndŵr to the centre of Wrexham will bring a fantastic visitor attraction to the heart of the town and attract more visitors in with its great mix of technology and science. I’m looking forward to seeing Techniquest Glyndŵr inspire many more young people in north Wales.”

 

Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham County Borough Council said:

“This is excellent news for Techniquest Glyndŵr and the town centre. It will really open up this part of town once again and I would like to both congratulate staff and all the Partners involved and thank them for their hard work and collaboration in securing this funding.

“The development will be part of the town centre regeneration which will see the Henblas Street and Chester Street areas brought into residential and retail use.

“With an announcement expected soon about the former BHS store the future is looking bright for this area of town.”

 

Lynda Powell, Director of North Wales Science said:

“This is absolutely great news – for Techniquest Glyndŵr, for Wrexham town centre, and for STEM in North and Mid Wales.

“This funding will help secure Techniquest Glyndŵr in a key town centre location – one which is seeing a range of private and public sector investment. The development will be a key part of the regeneration of our town centre.

It means that Wrexham Glyndŵr University can continue extending the community work it has been doing with its portfolio of science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. That work is an investment in our regional skills base that has been has developed alongside industry partners, and it will help to boost our economy for years to come.”

5 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About TQG

Whether a seasoned visitor or someone discovering Techniquest Glyndŵr for the first time there is always something new for you to experience and learn. Here we’ll take a look at 5 facts that you didn’t know about TQG!

 

1 - Did you know we are a registered charity? Lots of people don’t! By simply visiting TQG or buying a gift from our shop you are helping us to continue engaging with school children and families. Speaking of our shop, did you know it's the only science dedicated store around? It's the best place to grab a science gift during your trip. So why not treat yourself to an extra coffee when you visit next? It all adds up!

 

2 -Think you can solve our mirror maze without getting lost, crack our treasure chest or decipher the mystery of our shrinking chair? Come and test your skills and try out some puzzles that aren’t always what they seem.

 

3- So you’ve visited TQG and had a mind-blowing time, what’s next? Did you know that TQG offers Annual Passes? Enjoy unlimited access to the centre for only £20 for 12 months! Endless enjoyment, access to explosive shows and even invites to exclusive events just for Annual Pass holders and their guests. What’s stopping you?

 

4- With so much to explore here did you know you can share this with your friends and family and throw your next birthday party at TQG? A unique experience that includes access to the zones, your own host who will take all the stress out of running a birthday party and your own show led by a real scientist. Your friends won’t believe their eyes!

 

5- Short of cash? Why not come and visit TQG’s very own Science Garden. Enjoy wildlife spotting in the pond and bug hotel, enjoy a picnic and take a selfie with Cosmo, the TQG sheep. There’s loads to do and best of all it’s free to visit!

 

Now equipped with all this information, why not plan your next family day out here at TQG? You never know what you’ll discover next.

 

Written by Jess Horner 

 

Techniquest Glyndwr announced as partners in national programme to encourage more diversity in science

Techniquest Glyndwr are delighted to announce that they have been selected as partners for a new national programme to increase diversity and inclusion in science.

Techniquest Glyndwr are one of just 15 science centres and museums nationally who will be delivering initiatives as part of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and the Science Museum Group's ‘Science Capital in Practice’ programme. This programme is part of the Science Museum Group Academy, which focuses on embedding good practice informed by the latest science capital research, to enable children and adults from a more diverse range of backgrounds to participate in science-related experiences and feel that science ‘is for me’.

Research into science capital, has been led by the work of Professor Louise Archer and her team from University College London and King’s College London. Science capital is a measure of our engagement or relationship with science and is made up of what you know about science, how you think about it, what science-related activities you do and the people you know who use and talk about science.

As one of the selected centres, Techniquest Glyndwr will receive a grant, training and additional resources to facilitate them to apply the concept of ‘science capital’ to their STEM engagement activities with their local communities, families and schools.

The announcement was made on 18 March, at the Manchester launch of the Science Museum Group Academy at the Science and Industry Museum.

Karen Davies, Head of Learning Research and Resources, Science Museum Group, said: “We were hugely impressed by the quality of proposals we received and are delighted to be working alongside the 15 partner organisations to build a community of good practice across the country. This is a great opportunity to test ideas informed by the research that will have longer term benefits for the centres, and which allows those audiences they engage with to feel that science, and science centres and museums, are for them.”

 

Dr Penny Fidler, CEO of The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) said: We are delighted to be a key partner in this national programme. Championing diversity and inclusion in science is at the heart of what ASDC and the Science Centres and museums do daily. This programme will support centres to nurture the scientific talents and entrepreneurial minds across our whole population, not just those who are already interested.

This programme has been made possible through the Science Museum Group Academy’s founding partner, BP, who also funded The Enterprising Science Project which focused on much of the early academic work on science capital.

One easy step to get free entry this St David’s Day!

Techniquest Glyndwr is offering you the chance to gain free entry to the centre this week and there’s just one thing that you need to do.

To celebrate St David’s Day this Friday the Science Discovery Centre will be allowing free entry for children wearing any form of Welsh clothing. Whether kitted out like a young Alun Wyn Jones or a fancy Welsh dress you can enjoy TQG at no charge.

An offer where even a simple daffodil or leek will do the trick, for every child showcasing their Welsh pride this half term they receive free entry per full-paying adult.

You can visit our 65+ hands-on exhibits this holiday as well as enjoy our ‘Disgusting Digestion’ show running twice a day to entertain and enthral both adults and kids!

We at Techniquest Glyndwr are looking forward to welcoming you this week and will be celebrating St David’s Day by bringing you the wonder of science the only way we know how!

There is no need to book for Techniquest Glyndwr, and our shows will be taking place at 13:00 and 15:30, come and join us!

How one simple trick can get you discounts at Techniquest Glyndwr & elsewhere in Wrexham!

Techniquest Glyndwr has this week teamed up with the guys at This Is Wrexham to further cement ourselves within the fantastic tourism scene of the county.

At the beginning of December we were paid a visit by This Is Wrexham who came to the centre to drop off some cards which offer you, our visitors, a fantastic opportunity for discounts at both Techniquest Glyndwr and elsewhere.

Once you spend £10 or more in our shop you are eligible for a free ‘This Is Wrexham’ Card that means you can redeem 10% off every visit you make to Techniquest Glyndwr, as well as offers for other attractions.

With Christmas fast approaching why not pop in to the centre to pick up some excellent deals on stocking fillers for the loved ones in your life with plenty of deals currently on offer, whilst picking up your very own card to save money throughout the year?

Katie Williams, Business Development and Stakeholder Engagement Officer at Techniquest Glyndwr has called the partnership a ‘great way of further engaging with Wrexham’s thriving tourism industry’.

“This Is Wrexham have been a key player in the recent success stories in Wrexham with their backing of huge events in the last couple of years, and we’re really pleased to be able to work with them.

“With so many people visiting the centre we hope they’ll take advantage of our fantastic offer for their next visit to Techniquest Glyndwr as well as at other destinations across the county.

“We’ve been a big part of the town’s tourism scene since opening in 2003 and hope that anyone who has already used their card elsewhere, will now think of Techniquest Glyndwr for their next family fun-filled day out”.

Joe Bickerton, Destination Manager for Wrexham County Borough Council added:

"The This Is Wrexham Tourism scheme is a private sector led partnership between 42 attractions, accommodation and event provides in Wrexham County - working together to support the Tourism Industry.

“The backbone of this is their benefits card - which offers exclusive discounts at top attractions and places to stay and eat around the County.

“It's also great to see Techniquest Glyndwr taking part in this, as the centre provides a unique day out for visitors exploring North East Wales."

Find out more about This is Wrexham's card below.