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Science Museum announces National Lottery ticket sales trial as Helen Sharman spacesuit goes back on display

The spacesuit worn by the first Briton in space, Helen Sharman, has returned to public display at the Science Museum as the museum begins a trial selling National Lottery tickets from its shop.

The Sokol suit, acquired by the museum in 2006 thanks to a National Lottery grant, via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), has recently returned from a loan spell in Newcastle for the Great Exhibition of the North. Sharman wore this rescue suit during her flight on board SOYUZ-TM-12 to and from the MIR space station in 1991.

The Lottery ticket trial celebrates the direct link between playing the National Lottery and the good causes that benefit. Since 1995, the Science Museum Group of which the Science Museum is part, has received more than £65m in funding from HLF.

Science Museum Group Deputy Director, Jonathan Newby, said: ‘Britain’s thriving cultural scene over the past two decades has much to do with the support of the National Lottery. 

‘We’re really grateful to National Lottery players at the Science Museum Group since many of the transformational changes at our museums simply wouldn’t have been possible without Lottery funding. This trial is a positive way of celebrating the link between playing the National Lottery and inspiring cultural experiences such as seeing Helen Sharman’s spacesuit, which was acquired through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.’

National Lottery investment for the Science Museum helped fund the Wellcome Wing and permanent galleries Making the Modern World, Information Age and the upcoming Medicine Galleries, which will open in 2019. HLF’s latest investment announcement includes a £1.38m grant for a new gallery at the museum exploring London’s unique role in the evolution of scientific thinking between 1550 and 1800.

The Science Museum has become the first national museum to trial selling National Lottery tickets and National Lottery operator Camelot hopes to roll it out at other institutions in due course. 

Ros Kerslake, HLF’s CEO, said: 'By buying a National Lottery ticket, players make an enormous contribution to supporting our national heritage, ensuring our museums are out of this world. As we announce our latest National Lottery investment in the Science Museum, the unveiling of the first ticket sales machine at a heritage attraction goes that one step further to help players understand exactly where their money goes.'


For further information, interviews and images please contact Robert James in the Science Museum Press Office on 020 7942 4401 or email 

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