WINCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL
No Winchester Science Festival 2018
Since 2012, Winchester Science Festival has been held annually at the Winchester Discovery Centre. Run and managed by a band of volunteers, some of whom were Directors of Winchester Science Foundation, the company behind the Festival, it’s grown year on year.
In 2017, the Festival took on its first part-time, short term, paid staff member. This, we all agreed, made the festival better than it had ever been before. This staff member was supported and managed by the Directors, who took an active role in curating the event.
Hundreds – thousands – of people have come to our events, and we’re proud of the experiences we were able to provide. But we know that for a Festival to continue, it needs to change, too. It needs to stay up to date, bring in the best new ideas, and stay exciting. All of that stuff takes time – lots of time.
It is with some regret that we Directors have realised that for the Festival to be the best it can be, it needs more than we have to give it. Lives, families and jobs have changed, and our abilities to support such an event have changed with them.
So, Winchester Science Foundation will not be putting on a festival this year. We have been in discussions with potential partners about ways our festival could continue, but nothing concrete has come of them.
We’re going to take a year off, and in 2019 we’re going to review our position again. There’s so much science outreach happening now it may be the case that other events come up and fill the space we’ve left. We’d be delighted to see that.
We thank you all for your part in our festival and we’ll have more news in a year.
Jen, Kelly and Becky
Directors of Winchester Science Foundation
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