OPENING OF THE NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE
INVITATION TO PRESS PREVIEW DAY; 21st JUNE 2001
9.30am to 7pm
Members of the media are invited to a preview of the National Space Centre, the Landmark Millennium Project for the East Midlands, which opens to the public in Leicester on June 30th.
The Space Centre, which is supported by £26m of funding from the Millennium Commission, will be the UK's first and only attraction dedicated to space. The five differently themed galleries - each an unusual mixture of real space artefacts (150 rockets, capsules, satellites, space suits, moon rock and other objects), hands-on interactives and audio-visual exhibits - sit alongside the hi-tech Space Theatre, whose shows are being produced in-house at the Space Centre.
During the day media will have the chance to view the whole of the attraction, see the amazing opening Space Theatre show, Big, and try out the attraction's own catering outlets, Boosters and The Satellite Bar.
The Space Centre is also hoping to show live big-screen coverage of the total solar eclipse in Africa that takes at approx 1pm that day in its Space Now! gallery.
Media opportunities are as follow:-
- 10.30-11.30am Press Briefing - representatives from the National Space Centre, Millennium Commission and Nicholas Grimshaw and partners architects.
· All day: One to One interviews with representatives from the National Space Centre, Millennium Commission, Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, Leicester Promotions, BT, University of Leicester, Leicester City Council.
· All day: film and photograph any part of the attraction, interview families visiting the Space Centre that day from around the Midlands.
· 1.45-2.45pm Preview the Discover Leicester Tour being introduced by Guide Friday to Leicester for the first time on June 30th, to coincide with the opening of the National Space Centre.
Entry to the preview day will be by ticket only - this is the only way for us to enable you to access all areas of the attraction and ensure a seat in the Space Theatre show at a suitable time. Tickets may not be available on the door on the day.
Further information about the National Space Centre and the preview day is available from:
Jo Higgins and Claire Heron, National Space Centre on 0116 261 0261/0116 258 2103
Nina Baxter, Millennium Commission on 020 7880 7362
Gilly Lloyd, Key Communications on 020 7580 0222
Mark Leuw, TVC on 020 7435 4343
OPENING OF THE NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE - PRESS DAY REGISTRATION FORM
Number of tickets required: ..
Address to send tickets to:
Please tell us which Space Theatre show you would like to be booked into. For guidance, if you wish to see the whole of the exhibition and the Space Theatre show you should allow about 3 to 3 ½ hours for your visit, plus the time of the press briefing if you will be attending.
I would like to be booked into the show at:
First Choice Second Choice
Will you be attending the press briefing at 10.30am? Y/N
Would you be interested in the preview of the Discover Leicester Tour? Y/N
Please return by fax on 0116 258 2100 or email the information to
This press release from the National Space Centre has been forwarded for your information by Peter Bond, Royal Astronomical Society Press Officer (Space Science). Apologies for any cross posting.