Visit the Daresbury Laboratory

There are lots of fantastic opportunities for you to visit Daresbury Laboratory, from curriculum based schools events right through to public lectures or access events such as the Daresbury Open Week.

We also have information for schools interested in visiting Daresbury Laboratory.

It’s a great way to meet our scientists and engineers and be inspired by some of the amazing work that goes on here.

Daresbury Laboratory has been in existence for over 60 years, and during this time the staff, engineers and scientists associated with the laboratory have undertaken a huge variety of activities, which have shaped the scientific and societal impact it has delivered.

The laboratory’s story began in 1960 when, with the backing of strong research interests from Northern based universities, a high level science advisory committee recommended to the National Institute for Research in Nuclear Science, design a study for an electron synchrotron.

The project was approved in July 1962, and an exceptionally stable foundation site was chosen soon afterwards to house this experiment. This site is known to us as Daresbury Laboratory.

Talking Science at Daresbury Laboratory

Public engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has always been important to us, and we love to talk about our world leading research, together with the impact science has on the world around us.

In order to do this, we host a monthly programme of fascinating public talks at Daresbury Laboratory called Talking Science. Our aim is to inspire and involve you, the public and schools in STEM, and are proud that we have been running this popular series for nearly 25 years.

We hope you can join us in finding out more about some of the amazing science and research that is currently happening in the world around us. From protecting our planet to taking you on a journey outside our solar system, there is something in the series for everyone.

Get in touch

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Last updated: 16 October 2023

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