HMS Alliance Makes Tim Peake's Top Science and Education Attractions Shortlist

Today, world-renowned British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, reveals ten top scientific and educational attractions across the UK that have been made possible by funding from The National Lottery. This comes as part of the 25th birthday celebrations for The National Lottery and the support it has given to science and education in that time. Major Tim Peake is supporting The National Lottery’s birthday campaign because of the impact The National Lottery has had on the UK over the past 25 years.

Major Tim Peake said: “The National Lottery has played a significant part in furthering science and education over the past 25 years and this can be seen in abundance through these attractions. The Science Museum, for instance, which has been funded by The National Lottery, is visited by over 3.3 million people a year who flock to see remarkable objects like The Apollo 10 command module,  a truly inspiring exhibit.
“Jodrell Bank is also particularly special to me, since the inspiration for my career path was born by simply looking up to the stars and being intensely curious about what the universe was all about. Jodrell gives us that innate connection to our origins and how we came to be here. No matter what your age, every one of these experiences provide an amazing opportunity to educate and inspire – two things which are integral to being human. It’s absolutely wonderful that The National Lottery has helped make these experiences possible, which will continue to open the eyes and minds of this generation and the ones to come.”

Here's what he said: 

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, part of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, is a maritime museum tracing the international history of submarine development from the age of Alexander the Great to the present day. Visitors to this museum can get up close to the only remaining Second World War era submarine, HMS Alliance. Over the last decade, The National Lottery has contributed around £6.4million to the museum helping tell the Royal Navy story – so why not go and explore the decks and narrow corridors, look through the original periscope and hear the stories of those who served onboard the HMS Alliance.

As part of The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday celebrations, all of the attractions featured in the list, alongside hundreds more nationwide, will be offering free entry, discounts, and other special offers to anyone arriving with a National Lottery ticket (past or present) over the next few days, as part of the celebration #ThanksToYou for 25 Years.

Tim Peake has various links to The National Lottery – the Science Museum is home to Soyuz TMA-19M, the capsule which transported Tim Peake and his crew into space and back as part of the Principia mission in 2015. Tim Peake’s Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit is also part of the Science Museum Group Collection and is now inspiring visitors to the National Space Centre in Leicester where is it on loan.  In addition, Major Tim Peake is a Scouts Ambassador – The National Lottery has awarded £12million to the Scouts since 2008.

Take a look at what we're offering as part of our #ThanksToYou campaign to celebrate 25 years of The National Lottery. 

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands