Techniquest’s mission is to engage people with science and to motivate them to learn more. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.
Techniquest has a world-wide reputation for creating programmes and exhibits, and our staff includes leading experts in science communication. We develop and sell programmes and exhibits to science centres all over the world.
Techniquest offers interactive experiences that are accessible to all, and that have been enjoyed in its centre by over 4 million people since its inception in Cardiff in 1986.
Techniquest is the UK’s longest established science centre.
Founded in 1985, by Professor John Beetlestone and his colleagues from Cardiff University, its first site was the gas showroom opposite Cardiff Castle (now Burger King).
In 1988 it moved to a pre-fabricated industrial building in Cardiff Bay, with 100 exhibits; it was here that it launched its education programmes for schools.
In 1995 it moved to its current site, the UK’s first purpose-built science centre, in Cardiff Bay. The building was formerly a heavy engineering plant; Paul Koralek of ABK Architects designed Techniquest around the framework of the original building.
Techniquest builds its own exhibits in its workshops in Cardiff. It is one of the leading commercial exhibit builders in the UK, selling exhibits and programmes to science centres around the world. This commercial activity is an essential income stream for delivering Techniquest’s mission.
Techniquest was the first science centre in the UK to have Governing Member status in the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC).
In 1999 Techniquest’s exhibits were awarded “Millennium Product” status by the Design Council of the UK because of their excellence.
How is Techniquest funded?
As an independent registered educational charity, Techniquest is funded from a variety of sources. The Welsh Government provides approximately one third of our funding, particularly to support schools programmes. Admission charges help to meet operating costs, whilst grants and other earned income are also essential.
Techniquest is a registered charity; our accounts can be found at the Charity Commission.