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Today marks 35 years since we opened our doors.

Since 1988, we have made it our mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science by making science, technology, engineering, and maths learning attainable and fun.

We are looking forward to many more years of engaging with visitors, schools, and our local community, helping to unleash the power of curiosity.

Let’s take a look back at 35 events, facts and statistics from the year 1988!


  1. Aberdeen Science Centre opened its doors

On October 3rd, 1988, Aberdeen Science Centre, then known as Satrosphere, opened its doors on Justice Mill Lane. 35 years later, and with our famous pooping sheep exhibit still going strong, we can now be found on Constitution Street.

  1. A star is born

Notable births in 1988 include: Adele, Rupert Grint, Micheal Cera, Zoe Kravitz and Ana de Armas.

  1. In Memoriam

1988 also saw the passing of several well-known figures, including: Enzo Ferrari, Roy Kinnear, Roy Orbison, Ernst Ruska and Chet Baker.

  1. A Brief History of Time

Renowned English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, Stephen Hawking, published his bestselling book A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

  1. Kylie

The bestselling album of 1988 was Kylie by Kylie Minogue. In the same year, she released ‘Especially for You’ alongside Jason Donovan.

  1. Hello!

Weekly celebrity news and human-interest story magazine, Hello!, hits the shelves for the first time.

  1. A hole in one

Golfer Sandy Lyle became the first British winner of the US Masters.

  1. The year of The Dragon

1988 was the year of The Dragon, the fifth of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac.

  1. Gold, silver and bronze

Team GB competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and won five gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals.

  1. Don’t leave without me

Canadian singer Celine Dion won the 33rd annual Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin, Ireland, with her song ‘Ne partez pas sans moi’ (Don’t leave without me).

  1. Election year

George W Bush was elected US president, before taking office the following year.

  1. Welcome to the party, pal

The well-known action film, and controversial Christmas film, Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, was released in cinemas.

  1. The Eagle has landed

Michael David Edwards, or Eddie the Eagle, took flight at the 15th Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

  1. The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century.

  1. This Morning debuts

Fronted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, This Morning debuted on ITV.

  1. Over the moon

NASA resumed its space shuttle flights with the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

  1. Red Nose Day

Actor Rowan Atkinson launched the new Comic Relief charity appeal which went on to raise £15,000,000 later that year.

  1. Readies

The Bank of England £1 note ceased to be legal tender, to be replaced by the £1 coin.

  1. Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera debuted on Broadway.

  1. What’s in a name?

The top 10 baby names of 1988 were: Jessica, Ashley, Amanda, Sarah, Jennifer, Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Joshua, Andrew.

  1. I would walk 500 miles…

The Proclaimers released their album Sunshine on Leith with lead single ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’.

  1. Connecting to the World Wide Web

The Netherlands became the second country to get connected to the internet in 1988.

  1. Doctor who?

Long-running BBC sci-fi show, Doctor Who, celebrated its 25th anniversary.

  1. Ping pong

Table tennis became an Olympic sport for the 1988 Summer Olympics.

  1. A growing population

In 1988, the world’s population hit 5,070,000,000, and has since grown to 7,888,000,000.

  1. An inconvenient truth

The phrase ‘global warming’ was first used by NASA climate scientist James Hansen in testimony to the United States Congress, bringing the terminology to public attention.

  1. Who framed Roger Rabbit?

The animated anthropomorphic rabbit, Roger Rabbit, made his on-screen debut in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’.

  1. Mistletoe and Wine

The bestselling single of 1988 was Cliff Richard’s ‘Mistletoe and Wine’.

  1. Queen of Oz

Australia’s new parliament building in Canberra was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

  1. Shooting stars

Three new asteroids were discovered: Asteroid 3994 Ayashi, 4407 Taihaku and 4539 Miyagino.

  1. Rain Man

American road comedy-drama film, Rain Main, starring Tom Cruise was released to critical and commercial acclaim, becoming the highest grossing film of 1988 worldwide.

  1. A growing skyline

Plans for Europe’s tallest building (at the time), Canary Wharf, were unveiled.

  1. Of Mice and Microsoft

On June 20th, 1988, Microsoft sold its one-millionth mouse, less than one-year after hitting the half-million mark.

  1. WarGames

The Morris worm, the first computer worm, was distributed onto the internet by Robert Tappan Morris.

  1. Life finds a way…

The oldest known insect fossil, dating back 390 million years, was discovered in Canada.

We hope you’ve discovered something new about 1988!

We are excited to be celebrating our 35th anniversary this month and would be delighted if you could help us mark the occasion. Let us know on social media what you have enjoyed most during your visits to Aberdeen Science Centre through the years!

Here’s to 35 years of Aberdeen Science Centre, with many more still to come!

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