Our story

A new Era…

On 14th September 2017 we began a new chapter in the At-Bristol story when we relaunched as We The Curious - a creative, multi-disciplinary space and a movement which champions the value of curiosity for everyone.

We believe science is messy, creative, collaborative, living and for everyone – an integral part of culture. We believe a society of curious people is a more resilient, compassionate, creative and connected society.

Our vision is of a future where everyone is included, curious and inspired by science to build a better world together.

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How we came to be…

We were a National Lottery Millennium project and part of the regeneration of the historical Floating Harbour in 2000.

In 1984 Sir Richard Gregory founded the Bristol Exploratory, a visionary centre which allowed visitors to 'play with science'. It was first of its kind in the UK and it attracted over 2million visitors, until closure in September 1999.

After the closure of the Exploratory, Sir Richard was a leading advisor on the development of At-Bristol alongside many other instrumental figures, sitting on the Board during 1997 and 1998 while the landmark £97m Milllennium project was developed.

Building on Bristol’s history in science and engineering, At-Bristol Science Centre was developed from a 1906 railway goods shed, which was part of Brunel’s original Great Western network. It was one of the first buildings to use reinforced concrete, is Grade II listed and showcases engineering innovation and contemporary design -  perfect for a science and discovery centre!

Who we are…

Since opening in 2000, we have welcomed over 4 million people through ourdoors and launched hundreds of exhibits. 

We specialise in using the very latest multimedia techniques to inspire people of all ages. Our 3D ultra-high definitition Planetarium is the only one of its kind in the UK, visitors can fly through the universe from the comfort of their own seats or see experimental data visualisation with the joint venture Data Dome Project.

We join the dots between science, arts, culture, industry and the community with activities and live shows which explore the world we live in. In our workshop we create interactive exhibits for We The Curious  and centres round the world.

With our Hello! community programme we've connected with over 7,300 people and our schools programme welcomes over 70,000 pupils per year

We’re commited to becoming the most environmentally sustainable science centre in the UK. 

We The Curious is a leading sustainable science centre, we do this by reducing our impact on the environment and building on our reputation as a centre for conversation and research.

World leaders on YouTube

Our YouTube channel is the most watched channel from a science centre in the world. Our Live Science team produce videos with our own brand of inspiring science that is watched by people round the world.


Where we’re going…

We The Curious relies on people, from our skilled staff and volunteers, to the academics, community partners and industry specialists we collaborate with, and our visitors who inspire us every day.

We are continually looking for ways to build on our diverse visitor base, working with and for our community, to create life-changing experiences, and empowering everyone to ask questions and get creative - with boundaries removed between science, art, people and ideas.

In May 2021, we reopened our doors with a completely transformed ground floor - with Project What If, the the first major science centre exhibition in the UK all about the curiosity of a city. With funding secured from BEIS and Wellcome, we’ve been asking the city of Bristol what they want to see in our venue and we’ll be building and developing these new experiences together.

We are guided by our Manifesto, which shapes our strategic objectives, and works with these key pledges:  

  • Cultivate curiosity
  • Open up science in our city
  • Enable diverse participation
  • Strive for sustainable futures
  • Build resilience

If you’d like to know more about this, you can download our Manifesto below or get in touch with us if you’d like to get involved.