Absolutely agree!I spent most of my young Saturdays at Newhall Street. I would get a return train to Snow Hill from Soho & Winson Green station, then do some trainspotting at Snow Hill and /or New street and then if it was cold, spend the afternoon in the Engineering Hall at the science museum. The highlight each year was a ride around town on the back of a steam lorry during the Steam Rally, trying not to fall off the back as it accelerated up Newhall Street! The think tank just doesn't do it for me.
Thank you. If you mean Selly Manor on Thursday. Also had one at the Bullring on Wednesday (two days in a row).Congrats on getting one of your photo's published in last Thursdays Birmingham Mail, lovely picture, John.
It is a truism that children don't change. Every parent soon discovers that the cardboard box is more attractive to the young child than the contents. It is the adults that think that what is presented to children has to be updated. A few bright plastic balls may get more children playing but it won't inspire any of them to become engineers whereas a working beam engine will still fascinate those that want to take up engineering.Much of it, apart from those exhibits saved from the Newhall Street museum, is aimed at very young children. This is a good thing..
I think you're right Spargone. I do honestly understand those that champion the Think Tank kind of thing, I really do. But most little kids are attracted to the play areas which, to be fair, do seem to be themed toward science education. It's an entertainment experience as much as anything. So now we pay for it big time! So, taking your theme further, maybe adults have taken the entertaining aspect a little too far in some cases. Yes, mine was a much quieter experience. It required dad to explain, to talk to me. To first learn himself so that he could educate me properly. So it became intimate, formed a bond that I am forever grateful for. So for that I thank my dad for what we shared and for the lifelong interest in our Heritage that he has given me. Maybe it's true that most young adults have little time for that shared learning so the more instant 'entertainment' approach is now more successful. But back then, we depended on the smell of the oil, the beautifully engineered parts, slightly less colourful explanations. We were therefore stretched and dependant on dad to help us understand. But this stretching upwards inspired us, and the achievement of understanding was all the more satisfying and long lasting. Having said all this, I'm sure I simply have to accept that I've joined the Dinosaurs!