Centre of the Cell takes the educational initiative

Centre of the Cell, the science education centre at Queen Mary, University of London, has won the Educational Initiative award at the 2010 Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence.  

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Centre of the Cell exterior
Centre of the Cell exterior

The ‘Oscars’ of the museums’ world, the awards represent the very best of the sector. The award winners were announced last night by travel writer and broadcaster Simon Calder at a prestigious ceremony at Church House, Westminster.
Centre of the Cell is the first science education centre in the world to be located within biomedical research laboratories, part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary. The Centre provides young people with a unique interactive insight into what scientists do and how their work influences real life.

Professor Frances Balkwill, Director of Centre of the Cell, said: “We are thrilled Centre of the Cell has won the Educational Initiative award from Museums & Heritage.

“It is a tribute to the hard work and dedication from our fantastically talented team and the wonderful support of Queen Mary, University of London and its medical school. It is incredibly exciting to gain this recognition from the premier award for museums and galleries in the UK.

“Centre of the Cell aims to inspire young people to take an interest in science, to improve their knowledge of science and to encourage them to become scientists and healthcare professionals themselves and we're certainly making headway towards achieving that. We seek to have a positive influence on the lives of the young people we work with.”

Centre of the Cell has been applauded for its novel approach to science education since it was opened in September last year. The Centre is based in Whitechapel, east London and has run 340 shows since opening. Sessions are available for schools during term time and for families and the general public during school holidays.

To book a session at Centre of the Cell - visit Centre of the Cell’s website.

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Joel Winston
Faculty Communications Manager (Medicine and Dentistry)