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Posted by Mary Fisher on September 8, 2006, 11:24 am
 


Well, that made me look!


Oh I've been like that too. I thought it was just me, well known for being
picky. There are always floods of justifications though ...

Mary
er - what's the Secret Hills Centre?



Posted by Guy King on September 8, 2006, 12:10 pm
 


An idea with plenty of potential - there's an area of hills south of
Shrewsbury called the Long Mynd. It's a very strange place, more like
Scotland than Shropshire. Open moorland with lots of hidden valleys and
the like. Used to have substantial mineral deposits, too, being
volcanic. The idea of having a place that explains to anyone who's
interested why it's like that and all about the ecology etc. is a good
one, but utterly and irredeemably[1] let down by the presentation which
is aimed at a the junior school level.

There's nothing wrong with pitching exhibits low like that provided that
more in-depth information is readily to hand for those who might be
interested. Perhaps on pull-out drawers or flip-up things, or maybe even
(stand by for a really old idea) on a bit of paper. But when the only
information available at all is superficial, and asking the curators
gets either a "don't know" or in one case a response that was utterly
wrong then it's failed completely.

I was similarly seething when I left the painfully expensive Exploratory
in Birmingham. At least a third of the exhibits weren't working, several
of those that were were incorrectly labled, and the Hurricane[2] hanging
from the ceiling was labled as a Spitfire[2]. Just thinking about it
still makes me cringe.

[1] Short of a satisfying fire.
[2] May have been the other way round - it was five years ago and for
fairly obvious reasons I've never been back.

--
Skipweasel
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Posted by Bob Mannix on September 8, 2006, 12:59 pm
 

Ah yes, that replaced the lovely Museum of Science and Technology, I
believe, which had some great exhibits but which was a bit tatty and not at
all flash. A sad loss


--
Bob Mannix
(anti-spam is as easy as 1-2-3 - not)



Posted by Guy King on September 8, 2006, 3:38 pm
 


The Science Museum in London still has all the old cabinets with those
intricate models you could move with a knob or a button. They're stored,
and some lucky sods get to look round them. I almost wangled a visit -
but not quite.

--
Skipweasel
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Posted by Dave Liquorice on September 8, 2006, 2:02 pm
 On Fri, 8 Sep 2006 13:10:20 +0100, Guy King wrote:


I think Exploratory's are great for giving kids a kick start intrest in
science, much better than rows of static exhibits behind glass.

*BUT* they do have to be maintained and have knowledable staff on hand
who can tolerate 50 coach loads of kids intent on destroying the place
everyday. That costs money. Trouble is you can get grants and funding to
set up these wonderful things but nothing to keep 'em running once you
have, 'em bleedin' daft.

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Cheers                                              new5pam@howhill.com
Dave.                                             pam is missing e-mail




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