County Durham has a very long lineage in space innovation: from Bede and Thomas Wright, all the way up to today’s growing satellite industry at NET Park and pioneering research at Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
STREET COSMOS uses creativity and fun to get communities to explore the big mysteries of our universe alongside leading experts and discover together where we humans fit in it all…
Durham University, Blackhall Community Centre, No More Nowt (Peterlee), Gaunless Gateway (Bishop Auckland) and TCR Hub (Barnard Castle).
Phase 1 of Street Cosmos is being funded by UKRI and the Museum’s Association, as part of their Mindsets + Missions programme.
Mindsets + Missions is a pilot learning and grants programme designed to support museums, science centres and vibrant individuals from the sectors to realise new and creative approaches to serving their communities through inclusive research-related projects.
UKRI/Museum’s Association funding supported the launch of Street Museum, and we are very grateful to them once again for funding the first 12 months of Street Cosmos.
From autumn 2023 to summer 2024, Street Cosmos – working with its community collaborators – will produce a whole range of activities across Blackhall, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and beyond. Using culture and arts to explore the big themes and questions about the universe, and discover what most excites the communities in each place. We will then partner community representatives with experts from Durham University to co-design lively exhibitions in each of the three places based on those themes.
Phase 1 will culminate in one big free event that brings together the exhibitions from the three places, that will be open to the public and connect the people involved in the space collaborations!