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Who we are

Discovery Planet was founded by Xanthe Pitt, Nikki Hildesley and Dr Vicky Mason when we first brought a planetarium to Ramsgate in 2014. Since then, over 25,000 people have enjoyed our interactive workshops, events and exhibitions. Our team has expanded to include volunteers of all ages and walks of life, and we collaborate with a wide range of organisations, individuals and businesses.  We now operate from a former optician’s shop on Ramsgate High Street, which has been transformed to create Discovery Planet HQ, a bright, welcoming, and inspiring space for the whole community.

Discovery Planet is a social enterprise, which means that any revenue we generate is invested back into producing activities of benefit to the community.

Over the years we have mentioned in the British Science Association’s 2018 Impact Report;  used as a case study in a paper published in Research for All, featured as an example of best practice in a book published by Imperial College, smashed flowers, put our heads in real clouds, danced an Ethiopian Limbo, eaten beetles, and much more!

 

Winner of the South East Physics Network Award for Innovation 2023 

Winner Ramsgate Society Award 2023

Winner of the Ogden Trust Award for Longitudinal Projects to Widen Participation 2022

Winner Heart of the Community Award from Kent Media and London Array 2018

Commended National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement - Images of Public Engagement Awards 2017

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