THE 1851 Trust will raise the funds to develop a flagship Visitor and Education Centre in the Portsmouth headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing.
It will bring to life the STEM agenda of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through the multidisciplinary challenge of winning the America’s Cup.
The aim is to provide the inspiration to engage the next generation in the challenges and opportunities faced by the marine environment, and make them the innovators of a better future.
The centre will be one of a kind in the UK – a dynamic, inspirational exhibition offering visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with a racing team, while at the same time having genuine educational benefits and meeting a long-identified need to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
The British Isles has long had a tradition of maritime heritage, but never before now has the country showcased its world-beating maritime innovation in such a dynamic and accessible way.
Working with the foremost exhibition design team in Europe, the Trust has conceived an overall experience which will be state of the art, high octane, interactive and uplifting.
Following the narrative ‘How to Win the America’s Cup’, visitors will meet the team, journey through the history of the race, sail the boat, understand the technology and innovation behind it, experience the physical challenge, and ultimately take part in a race in a series of defined areas.
Visitors will experience a number of hands-on challenges which will give them a true flavour of what it takes to bring the Cup home.
The themes of sustainability and the health of the oceans will cut across the experience and help underpin one of the 1851 Trust’s core objectives to help create future stewards of the marine environment. The Visitor Centre is planned to open before the end of the year.