Britten-Pears Foundation’s The Red House in Aldeburgh is among 12 museums and historic sites which have been granted funding in the Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme.

The Red House

The grant, worth up to £3,000, helps to fund projects to engage communities with local science stories.

The scheme builds on the Royal Society’s commitment to funding small museums and facilitate creative activities that will be valued and championed by local people.

New school resources 

The Britten-Pears Foundation at The Red House will be exploring the science of sound and music, inspired by its former resident, the great twentieth century composer Benjamin Britten. 

This new project, entitled Britten’s Good Vibrations - The Science of Sound and Music will involve working with two local schools as well as a local children’s centre; children will be invited to explore the science behind music and to learn how the sounds and music they hear are created. 

The project will result in the development of new education Science sessions and events that link music to the science of how sounds are produced, heard and recorded. 

This is an opportunity for The Red House to move in a new direction, using science to enhance the story and collections. 

The range of new sessions and events will be available for schools at The Red House from March/April 2019.

Teachers can contact Joe Carr, collections and learning curator by emailing him at

More about the Royal Society’s Places of Science Scheme

Besides The Red House, there are 11 more attractions which have received funding to extend their Science offerings, including Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Littlehampton Museum and Whitby Museum.

To find out more about the scheme, you can visit this page.

For more information about this project and the other opportunities for schools at The Red House Aldeburgh visit

Main image credit: Philip Vile.