Explore science in the city with interactive map

Birmingham’s scientific heritage can now be traced online.

Birmingham’s fantastic scientific landscape and history come(s) to life in a new interactive map, produced to celebrate Birmingham Year of Science 2014. The full map and itineraries can be found at www.birminghamyearofscience2014.com/explore.

Birmingham Year of Science 2014 is a Birmingham City Council initiative aimed at showcasing the city’s scientific heritage and excellence in the fields of science, technology and learning.

Business Birmingham has designed science-based tours and itineraries that allow visitors to take in all of the city’s key scientific sights and attractions. The Jewellery Quarter and City Centre tours will take visitors on a trip through Birmingham’s important scientific hotspots, whilst the three themed itineraries are designed to let you pick and choose attractions from the city’s historic, technological and natural science attractions.

Highlights include Birmingham Assay Office; the newly restored Coffin Works; Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum; blue plaques dedicated to surgeon William Sands Cox, theologian and scientist Joseph Priestley and Alexander Parkes, the inventor of Parkesine, the world’s first plastic.

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Visit Birmingham, said: “Birmingham Year of Science 2014 has been a fantastic year-long celebration, with many of the city’s scientific academics and organisations duly given national and international exposure for their pioneering work.

“While Birmingham’s rich scientific heritage is reflected in these excellent interactive tours, the city’s science sector has an equally exciting future – from world leading research in life sciences and renewable fuel cells to a wealth of digital and technical innovation.”

Birmingham Year of Science 2014 highlights have included the British Science Festival in September, UKSPA 30th Anniversary Summit (July 10/11) and The University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival (March 16th-23rd)

Forthcoming events include Longbridge Light Festival (October 24th-25th), Birmingham Made Me Expo (October 27th-31st) and The Skills Show (November 13th-15th).