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Old Science Museum. Newhall Street

Big Gee

master brummie
I think you hit the nail on the head, Mortum - 'they' are just not interested in what this city was and what it stood for. Yet the Black Country Museum proves that today's people are indeed interested in what our ancestors did and how they lived.

Am I correct in thinking that the former Elkington works was originally intended to be only a temporary home for the Science Museum?

Big Gee
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
Am I correct in thinking that the former Elkington works was originally intended to be only a temporary home for the Science Museum?

We were always told that by the staff; apparently there was a lot more stuff in storage they wanted bigger and better premises for.

Looking at Eli’s photos we lost a great museum and now have a very useful car park, not.
 
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DavidGrain

master brummie
Have just remembered that the last time I visited the Science Museum in Newhall Street, I was showing a German business visitor around Birmingham. He was very interested although I expect thay had better laid out museums in Frankfurt.
 

Wobag

knowlegable brummie
Many happy afternoons spent at the old Science Museum. The one item I recall clearly, more so even than the train, was a machine that individually wrapped Roses chocolates.

Last time I visited would have been for a Doctor Who Anniversary event, Im thinking 1993. I havent summoned the enthusiasm to visit the Think Tank.
 

Wobag

knowlegable brummie
Many happy afternoons spent at the old Science Museum. The one item I recall clearly, more so even than the train, was a machine that individually wrapped Roses chocolates.

Last time I visited would have been for a Doctor Who Anniversary event, Im thinking 1993. I havent summoned the enthusiasm to visit the Think Tank.
 

WINSTON

master brummie
Heres a few photos outside the old science museum.They were having a traction engine rally.Our three children loved going there.IMG_0025 copy.jpgIMG_0026 copy.jpgIMG_0027 copy.jpgIMG_0028 copy.jpgIMG_0029 copy.jpg
 

glassalli

knowlegable brummie
My Dad was an Engineer and he used to take me and my cousin to the science museum some Sunday's. On one visit the Birmingham Mail or post had taken a photograph of group of people looking at a screw turning machine in action, and in the middle is me with dad explaining the wonders of the machine.
My farther would have liked me to be an engineer like his farther and grandfather before him, but I became a buyer for Rover, my cousin became an engineer.
 
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BernardR

Guest
Thanks Winston great photos.

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JohnJames

master brummie
Just picked up on this thread as a new member. The science museum was a haven for me and my mates during school holidays in the mid to late 1960's. I enjoyed a last nostalgic visit there just before it closed down but sadly didn't have a camera with me. Been reading recently all about the drive to bring some Spitfires to Brum from the far east. I remember that we had one in the old Science Museum. It was one of my favourite things there, as well as the John Cobb land speed record car. What a wrenching loss when the place closed down, to be replaced by that soulless amusement arcade next to Curzon St Station. You have to wonder what is wrong with Birmingham City councillors, that they could agree to this. When you consider the closure of the Aston Transport Museum as well, it make you think that they would like to sweep the industrial heritage of our great city under the carpet... I now live in Switzerland and for sure the Swiss are far more proud of their heritage.
 

Donbogen

master brummie
I did not know the science museum had gone yeah every Sunday i was there in the 60s what has happened to the the tram,train, planes etc ?????????? B/ham council replace it with the think tank SOUNDS LIKE ?
 

wam

master brummie
As I remember it, the ThinkTank is a whole lot bigger than the old science museum, they've got a college in the building and a cinema paying for a lot of the costs and they're now charging through the nose for admission. I'd have been surprised if the council had turned it down. Then again I've never been inside ThinkTank and I don't particularly want to.
There's now a nice history section at the Art Gallery (free section) with lots of stuff to play with and buttons to push. That's why most of us used to like the old Science Museum.
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
I never managed to beat the draughts machine but a friend at school boasted that he knew a way to fool the machine and could win every time
 

Dave M

Pheasey Born Bumper
I never managed to beat the draughts machine but a friend at school boasted that he knew a way to fool the machine and could win every time
Spent a lot of time there in the 50s, (school time) and on the draughts machine, I beat it a few times, was a good education
 

glynis

master brummie
Outside the plating works was a large glasshouse where he grew orchids, Mr Elkington was a member of the Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural Society's Orchid group and is recorded as showing prize - winning blooms on more than one occasion. Industrialists had to pay 2'6 to enter a show though the toffs entered for free... Joseph Chamberlain was also an orchid grower.
 
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