National Lottery funding awarded to Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth - outside

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s five star visitor attraction, has been awarded £57,000 of funding to help progress plans towards delivering a project which will celebrate Scotland’s significant marine heritage.

The funding, from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, enables the team at Dynamic Earth to move to the next stage of the application process, applying for further National Lottery support to complete their exciting £1m project. A new fundraising programme will also be launched to secure the match funding required to complete the project.

The plans for ‘Discovering the Deep’ include creation of a new immersive exhibition within Dynamic Earth, that will explore Scotland’s scientific, natural and historic deep-water marine heritage within the wider context of ocean systems and environments. The aim of this development is to celebrate the role that Scotland has played in developing modern oceanography and to engage the public with current threats to the marine environment and its ecosystems.

An important part of the project will be the creation of an activity plan which offers diverse learning opportunities for participation in marine science heritage. The plan will see a suite of events to extend the experience beyond the exhibition and enable people to enjoy and explore different areas in more depth. This would see the Dynamic Earth Team travelling throughout Scotland delivering ocean engagement activities. Opportunities will exist for volunteer involvement within both exhibition planning and delivery of the activity plan.

Commenting on the first round award, John Simpson CEO of Dynamic Earth said: “We’re very grateful to players of The National Lottery for their support given the importance of raising the public’s awareness about how important the oceans are to us all. This is an ideal opportunity to tell a fascinating and yet mostly untold story to the wider public. Scotland has a stunning deep-water natural heritage, and it was Edinburgh’s own Charles Wyville Thomson whose pioneering exploration of Scotland’s marine environment in the 19th century launched the modern science of oceanography – a fact that very few people know.

Picture by Lesley Martin 6 October 2018 Autumn/winter season pictures, Dynamic Earth. Kids: Ollie Thornton age 8, Jessica McKenna age 6, Charlie McIntosh age 7 and Louis McIntosh age 3. © Lesley Martin 2018 e: t: 07836745264

Picture by Lesley Martin

“2019 is a big year for Dynamic Earth as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this summer. By adding this new element to our story it would be a fantastic way to celebrate 20 years of helping people to understand and marvel at our incredible world. Exploring the marine environment is a natural next step for us, and we are looking forward to making these plans a reality. Earth and environmental science remains high on the public agenda and 2020 has been designated as the Year of Coasts and Waters making ‘Discovering the Deep’ a very timely project”.

First opened in 1999, Dynamic Earth champions better understanding of Earth and environmental science. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds with an understanding of how our planet works; its place in the universe, and the diversity of life found within its different environments. It also seeks to inspire all those who visit to live in an informed and sustainable manner to help protect future generations.

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