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Bosworth Heritage Centre – a visitor’s view

Posted on March 11th, by admin in Museum, Tales and musings. Comments Off on Bosworth Heritage Centre – a visitor’s view

Our summary of the interpretation at the King Richard III Visitor Centre and Bosworth Heritage Centre.

Today we finally got round to visiting the King Richard III visitor centre in Leicester. It’s really well done. For me as an interpreter I loved how ‘tricky’ words in the ‘Dig Diary’ gallery had been highlighted and a description was neatly given to the side. The skeleton which describes Richard’s injuries is nicely presented too. However, the ‘pièce de résistance’ comes at the end of the visit. Being able to look into his shallow and hastily dug grave paints a thousand words in your mind, especially as you’ve been able to learn the story beforehand.

Our ticket included entry to Bosworth Heritage Centre too. It was here that the last significant battlefield of the Wars of the Roses between the Lancastrians and Yorksists took place.

Confusion reigns

This … Read More »

Walking the Central Line

Posted on June 15th, by admin in Museum, Tales and musings. 1 Comment

The second in a series of walks following London’s underground. This time it is the Central Line.

In February I walked the line of the Victoria Undergound Line, overground. I’m doing it again, but this time the Central Line will be the inspiration.

So why am I not walking the full line? Firstly, it is 46 miles long in its entirety and reading between the lines, the east and western sections were a bit of a slog for Mark Mason who wrote ‘Walking the Lines’ my inspiration for these walks. Secondly, the reason I am in London is because I have a meeting in Stratford. In fact I have two, so it seems a sensible place to begin, and then head west. Having re-read the Central Line chapter in Walking the Lines, Mason hasn’t included as many fun facts for this line so I’ve … Read More »

A visit to Cromford Mills – the world’s first factory

Posted on April 28th, by admin in Museum, Tales and musings. Comments Off on A visit to Cromford Mills – the world’s first factory

Cromford Mill, gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, was the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill. Today the site is undergoing another transformation, with innovation once again at its heart.

As a member of Marketing Derbyshire & Peak District I was invited to a familiarisation day at Cromford Mills. This was an opportunity not to be missed.

This hugely historic site – the birthplace of the factory system and all that came with it – is a 15 minute journey from my door, yet I realised I still had much to learn about its history.

The aim of the event was to introduce Cromford Mill’s newly unveiled  Gateway and ‘Arkwright Experience’. We were welcomed with tea, coffee and cake – big yummy cake direct from their cafe – and a presentation by Chief Executive Sarah Mcleod.

Then it was on … Read More »

Dinosnores sleepover at NHM

Posted on April 25th, by admin in Museum, Tales and musings. Comments Off on Dinosnores sleepover at NHM

It’s not every night you get to sleep in the shadows of the Natural History Museum’s most famous resident.

Late on Saturday afternoon, armed with sleeping bags and snacks, we joined a growing queue of onesie-wearing kids (and their guardians) at a side entrance to the Natural History Museum (NHM). We were here for Dinosnores, a special sleepover event at the museum.

If you’ve ever watched the Night at the Museum film series then your curiosity will have no doubt been piqued by exactly what happens at museums when everyone goes home. We were here to find out.

Our Team Leader lead us into Hintze Hall, the central hall where the fossil replica of Dippy the diplodocus currently stands guard over the main entrance. As one of the first ‘Red Raptors’ to arrive, we were given the option to select any one of … Read More »

Steelos Gallery Exhibition (Magna)

Posted on February 29th, by admin in Case Study, Mapping, Museum, oral history, panels. Comments Off on Steelos Gallery Exhibition (Magna)

Audio Trails were chosen to design and build a permanent exhibition (with a twist) that welcomes visitors to Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

Magna is an exciting journey into the world of steelmaking. The Templeborough steelworks (as it was called) was once the largest electric melting shop in the world and the site’s industrial history stretches back to Roman times. ‘Steel, Peech and Tozer’ was the company, but everyone called it ‘Steelos’.

Previously the concrete bunker through which visitors first entered Magna was dark and uninspiring. With funding secured through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Magna were able to commission Audio Trails to turn this dour space into a vibrant exhibition that reveals the 2000 year history of steelmaking on this site.

The interpretation panels provide a timeline and insight into the people that worked here. You can listen to their stories and read more about the site’s history on … Read More »

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