After 50 years of successfully delivering its programme of astronomy-related events at its Sherwood Observatory, MSAS now wants to create a Science Discovery Centre & Planetarium. Over 20,000 local people and tourists will visit each year for exhibitions, events, planetarium shows and cinema screenings. STEM based learning sessions will help build the pipeline of talent in the local area, increasing prosperity and delivering a definite win-win for everyone. A feasibility study showed that a disused underground Victorian reservoir could be used for this and business plan and Economic Impact Assessment has shown the potential benefits to the local area and visitor economy. If the Towns fund could provide some of the capital this could leverage a significant contribution from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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