Tuesday, April 4, 2023

News: Something in the air at Magna following revamp


Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham has re-opened its new and improved interactive "air" zone thanks to Levelling Up funding.

The revamped Air Pavilion, officially re-opened by Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Tajamal Khan, is one of Magna’s four hands-on exhibition areas where young people can explore the power of the four elements – earth, air, fire and water.

After 22 years of action, it has now been fully refurbished by Sheffield-based interactive exhibition specialists Aivaf who have refreshed existing exhibits, installed new ones and added digital fun-fact information points.

The make-over is the first of many at the centre as several exhibits, public areas and facilities are due to be upgraded over the next 18 months to improve the visitor experience and the venue’s sustainability.

This programme of work is part of a £20m pound investment secured by Rotherham Council to help improve the leisure economy and skills in Rotherham.

Other attractions also benefiting from the Levelling Up funding include Wentworth Woodhouse, Thrybergh Country Park, Rother Valley Country Park, Maltby Learning Trust and Skills Street at Gulliver’s Valley. The bid showed that the charity that runs Magna would need £1.9m for the £2.1m project.

Magna chief executive Kevin Tomlinson said: “We are proud to be part of Rotherham Council’s vision for a strong and sustainable visitor economy across the borough, alongside our fellow attractions Wentworth Woodhouse, Thrybergh Country Park and Rother Valley Country Park.

“This support has enabled us to invest in our unique building, protect its heritage and develop our exhibits, which provide energetic and enquiring minds with a place to have fun, explore the wonders of science and develop a love of STEM learning.

“We are very pleased to be playing our part in making Rotherham a great place to visit now and in the future.”

Rotherham’s cabinet member for jobs and local economy, councillor Denise Lelliott said: “The Council aims to grow Rotherham’s leisure economy by making the most of our unique assets and green spaces and investing in training to support jobs in this sector.

“Magna Science Adventure Centre is a landmark visitor attraction and events venue for Rotherham, and it’s great to see these first improvements going live and being enjoyed by schools, families and groups from across the borough and all over the UK”

The Air Pavilion now features pump-powered rockets and pedal-powered airships. Visitors of all ages can turn wind turbines to raise air balloons and try to catch fabric flyers as they zoom through a maze of colourful pipes and shoot out above their heads in a jet of air.

Magna’s rolling programme of improvements will see other exhibition spaces and outdoor play areas refurbished, with a focus on STEM learning and accessibility. It will include improvements to the reception area, cafĂ©, signage, lifts and LED lighting.

Magna website

Images: RMBC


Anonymous,  April 7, 2023 at 7:58 AM  

Magna has done a great deal over the years to put Rotherham on the map. Long may it continue

Anonymous,  April 7, 2023 at 11:23 AM  

Shame events held there are often described as “Magna Sheffield”

Anonymous,  April 7, 2023 at 11:47 PM  

Lazy journalism

Anonymous,  April 8, 2023 at 2:15 PM  

Show me proof of that

Anonymous,  April 9, 2023 at 2:13 PM  

In what respect?

Anonymous,  April 9, 2023 at 7:34 PM  

First one I could find… https://images.app.goo.gl/JfwASf7UbbHPMB1UA

Anonymous,  April 10, 2023 at 10:57 AM  

Popcorn Comic Con which is being held this September is being advertised as Sheffield on Magnas own website!

Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 9:07 AM  

I think it is popcorn comic that is being described as a Sheffield concept rather than Magna. Magna always proudly announce that they are a Rotherham venue.

Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 10:16 AM  

It doesn't matter if Magna 'proudly announce that they are a Rotherham venue' if the people holding events there put it's in Sheffield on their promotional material. It's wrong and shouldn't be allowed.

Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 2:38 PM  

So, if the Halifax Building Society decide to hold their annual Christmas Party at Magna they should have to call it the Rotherham Building Society Christmas Party?

Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 4:31 PM  

No they would have to call it the Halifax near Sheffield Building Society Christmas Party at Magna South Yorkshire near Sheffield

Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 6:14 PM  

No, because that would be as stupid as your post

Anonymous,  April 12, 2023 at 6:50 AM  

Now you are being offensive and unfair. It is wrong of you to expect a monopoly on silly posts.

Anonymous,  April 13, 2023 at 7:40 AM  

Personally, I feel that Rotherham businesses described as being in Sheffield is almost as repugnant as Rotherham born citizens supporting Sheffield football clubs

Anonymous,  April 13, 2023 at 5:45 PM  

Or Huddersfield town?

Anonymous,  April 14, 2023 at 7:32 AM  

The only thing worth visiting in Huddersfield is the statue of Harold Wilson

Anonymous,  April 15, 2023 at 9:40 AM  

As someone who was born in Huddersfield and moved to Rotherham to work darnt pit, I take great exception to the comment that the only thing worth seeing in Huddersfield is the statue of Harold Wilson. Have they never heard of Huddersfield Shovel factory, our world famous abertoir or the clog museum? Not forgetting that we have the oldest lap dancing establishment in the north. Some of our lap dancers are great grandmothers for goodness sake.

Anonymous,  April 17, 2023 at 4:41 PM  

All this is true, although we are a lap dancing grandmother short at the minute as one of them ran off with a bloke from Rotherham.

Anonymous,  April 17, 2023 at 10:52 PM  

Fancy being a 55 year old toy boy!

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