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As a way of saying ‘thank you’ for helping fund objects, exhibitions and galleries, the Science Museum will be offering a very special treat for National Lottery ticket holders this December.

Visit us between 3-7 December 2018 as we, along with (opens in a new window)more than 350 National Lottery-funded heritage attractions across the UK, will be offering a treat for National Lottery ticket holders as a way of saying ‘thank you’.

We’ll be offering you the chance to book on to a tour of the Science Museum run by a curator or museum insider, as well as a free ticket to The Sun: Living With Our Star to say thank you for helping fund objects, exhibitions and galleries.

Visitors in The Sun Living With Our Star
Visitors in The Sun: Living With Our Star

The Science Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, which since 1995 has received more than £65m in funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

To claim your #ThanksToYou ticket and tour, email PressOffice.scm@sciencemuseum.ac.uk with a photo of your ticket along with your availability from 3-7 December. (Click here to read Terms and Conditions.)

Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs and one of the tour-guides for the week, gives us a glimpse of what you can expect from an insider tour of the museum:

‘I am going to take you on a personal tour of my favourite things in the museum, from the little spacecraft that inspired me to go into science to newspaper articles that I wrote decades ago, and why they featured in one of our latest exhibitions. On the way, you will glimpse a Mercury probe, see the secret of all inheritance and find out about ripples in spacetime.’

Helen Sharman’s Spacesuit

Geri Spencer, conservation assistant supervisor, and, conservation assistants, installing 2006-40/1 Helen Sharman's spacesuit which is being re-displayed in the Exploring Space gallery
Helen Sharman’s spacesuit being re-displayed in the Exploring Space gallery

Most recently, the spacesuit worn by the first Briton in space, Helen Sharman, returned to public display in our Exploring Space gallery as the museum begins a trial selling National Lottery tickets from its shop. The Sokol suit was acquired by the museum in 2006 thanks to a National Lottery grant, via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and has recently returned from a loan spell in Newcastle for the Great Exhibition of the North. Sharman wore this rescue suit during her flight on board SOYUZ-TM-12 to and from the MIR space station in 1991. Find out more.

Supporting the Science Museum

At the Science Museum, HLF has helped fund galleries, support exhibitions and acquire objects. National Lottery investment has helped fund the Wellcome WingMaking the Modern World, Information Age and the upcoming Medicine Galleries, which will open in 2019. These galleries house a range of iconic objects from the Enfield Telephone Exchange, to the Cray Supercomputer, the first Ford Model T and many more. HLF’s latest investment announcement includes a £1.38m grant for a new gallery at the museum exploring London’s unique role in the evolution of scientific thinking between 1550 and 1800.

Information Age

Without the help of lottery players and HLF these galleries would simply not exist, and we would not be able to tell our stories of British innovation, scientific development and the engineering feats that shaped our world and will help to inspire future generations for many years to come.

It is no exaggeration to say that lottery players, through the HLF, have played an essential role in supporting the Science Museum and on behalf of everyone at the museum – thank you for your support.

Click here for T&C’s and find out more about the Science Museum Group here and Heritage Lottery Fund here.