Soyuz delegation visit The Forum

A delegation from the Science Museum Group visited The Forum, Norwich, yesterday (Tuesday 23 January), as part of the judging process in the competition to host Tim Peake’s Soyuz TMA-19M capsule.

The Soyuz capsule will go on public display at eight venues across the UK, enhanced by Space Descent VR – a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung Gear VR technology which places visitors right at the heart of Tim Peake’s journey from the International Space Station back to Earth.

It was announced last week that The Forum is one of five shortlisted venues in the competition to host the spaceship and virtual reality adventure, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group.

If successful, the Soyuz capsule will be the centrepiece of Norwich Science Festival 2018, which takes place during October half-term.

The delegation from the Science Museum Group outside The Forum

The Soyuz spacecraft was used for Tim Peake’s Principia mission, and this ‘first-of-its-kind’ national tour aims to inspire future generations of space scientists across the country. Space Descent VR, the stunning virtual reality journey voiced by Tim Peake himself, will accompany the touring exhibition and enable people all over the UK to experience in first-person the high-speed descent to Earth from the International Space Station.

Natalie Bailey, producer of Norwich Science Festival, said: “We were delighted to host the delegation from the Science Museum Group. The Forum is a stunning community building, and it would be wonderful to see the Soyuz capsule in the centre of the Atrium, with its parachute draped from the ceiling. If you’d like to see the spacecraft here in Norwich, please do show your support on social media!”

The winning venue will be announced in March 2018, after consideration by a panel including Science Museum Group Director Ian Blatchford, the UK Space Agency’s Human Spaceflight Manager Libby Jackson, Samsung’s James Eadie, and Magali Vaissiere, Director of the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications. Tim Peake’s spacecraft – complete with its 25-metre parachute – is free to visit at all venues on the tour.

You can follow the story on social media using the hashtag #SoyuzTour, or follow @NorwichSciFest and @TheForumNorwich on Twitter, and Norwich Science Festival or The Forum, Norwich on Facebook.


For more information on the national tour of Soyuz TMA-19M, please contact Simon Thompson, PR Manager, Science Museum, on 020 7942 4357 or

For more information on Norwich Science Festival, please contact Jan Robertson, Norwich Science Festival Marketing Manager on / 01603 727962.

Note to editors

Tour dates

National Railway Museum, York 17 January – 8 March 2018
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester 10 March – 13 May 2018
National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh May – August 2018
Competition winner venue TBC
National Museum Wales, Cardiff November 2018 – January 2019
National Museum Ulster, Belfast February – May 2019

About the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module

  • Soyuz TMA-19M carried astronauts Yuri Malenchenko (Commander, Russia), Tim Kopra (Flight Engineer, USA) and Tim Peake (Flight Engineer, UK) to the International Space Station on 15 December 2015 and returned the same crew to Earth on 18 June 2016.
    ● The crew was part of Expeditions 46 and 47 to the International Space Station.
    ● The outer surfaces have been charred by temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Celsius experienced during atmospheric re-entry.
    ● The module weighs approximately 1.5 tonnes.

About the Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group is the world’s leading group of science museums, welcoming over five million visitors each year to five sites: the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York; the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford; and Locomotion in Shildon. We share the stories of innovations and people that shaped our world and are transforming the future, constantly reinterpreting our diverse collection. Standout objects include the record-breaking locomotive Flying Scotsman, Richard Arkwright’s textile machinery, Alan Turing’s Pilot ACE computer and the earliest surviving recording of British television. Our mission is to inspire futures – igniting curiosity among people of all ages and backgrounds. Each year, our museums attract more than 600,000 visits by education groups, while our touring exhibition programme brings our creativity and scholarship to audiences across the globe. More information can be found at

About the Norwich Science Festival

Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at Norwich Science Festival this October. Enjoy inspirational exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and sensational shows at The Forum, and at other venues around the city. This is a festival for all age groups and all levels of knowledge.

About The Forum

  • The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
  • It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
  • Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
  • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
  • It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
  • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
  • Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which underpins The Forum are on the website

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at