Skip to main content

Tactile Universe


Tactile Universe is an award-winning project from the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation to engage the visually impaired (VI) community with their astrophysics research. They have created 3D printed tactile images of galaxies which can be used in schools and at public events.

We have partnered with Eurkea! The National Children’s Museum and Hull Culture and Leisure's Museums and Galleries to deliver Tactile Univese workshops in within Yorkshire.

There are two one-hour workshops that are suitable to students in upper KS2 and KS3.  They are:

  • A tour of our Solar System
  • Galaxy shapes and colours

To learn more about this project or book a workshop in a school, please get in touch with

Visit the Tactile Universe website at to learn more about the project and the team members.

All models, resources and lesson plans are available under a Creative Commons licence.