As the forecast was rain during much of our week away we planned for days out that had both indoors and outdoor areas. Alice has shown a good interest in space as a topic over the last year so the science centre and planetarium seemed a choice.
On arrival, Alice was very excited about the bins. I think she possibly enjoyed them enough to justify the price of admission. When she was asked what here favourite parts were at the end of the day the bins were mentioned.
The main exhibit area upstairs had lots of displays around the science of sound. Lots the kids can get their hands on and lots of visual displays of how sounds travel.
The planetarium show was great fun. We were shown several key constellations and then taken on a journey through the planets.
There were several displays downstairs showing visual illusions. Tricks of the mind. The little/big room was like an Alice in Wonderland illustration with the room appearing normal but shrinking in the corners.
In the middle is a space for experiments. They had different shows about every half an hour or so. Here they built up pressure in the tubes to fire socks up to the roof. Alice watched and cheered along.
Alice picked her souvenir, a space ted which she showed around the space are.
A Lego model of how we move around the sun.
The outside area had been set up for a butterfly trail but it was a bit wet so there weren’t many to be found.
A gatepkeeper sheltering on yarrow.
A caterpillar hiding on scabiosa.
It was starting to get busy when we left just after lunch but we’d had plenty of time to go around the centre. It kept Alice’s attention well and she came away happy. Well worth a trip to.
Yesterday saw Alice and myself visiting the Hull Maritime Museum to see the temporary exhibit; Bill Bailey’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Bill Bailey is one of my favourite comedians, but he has also presented some wonderful natural history programs. His exploration of the life of Alfred Russell Wallace, the co-founder of the theory of evolution, is well worth keeping an eye out for on eye player. Watching Bill sighting the orangutans is great viewing.
The exhibit is, of the nature of cabinets of curiosities, a display of various items from the museums collections. Bill, in collaboration with Hull school children, has written whimsical fictionalised accounts of the origins of the items. A handful of dusty artefacts have been transformed into amusing centre pieces. The collaborations with local schools is a nice touch and some super imagination has been put into the installation.
An elephants foot.
The head of local Hull merchant looking very Lovecraftian.
The back massager 360
Alice wasn’t quite sure what to make of the peculiar exhibits.
There was also a little info reminding people that collecting many of the items on display is no longer an appropriate past time for the up and coming gentlemen in society. Collecting items of this nature is not only a social faux pas, but also illegal. It is worth contemplating the fact that wildlife crime is still common. Not just abroad but here in the UK as well.
Today was sadly the last day of the exhibit, so I’m glad I caught it before it went. The display was done in collaboration with Burton Constable. For those of you who missed out Burton Constable has a fine collection of curiosities ranging through fossils, taxidermy and a giant whale. So thank you to Bill Bailey and Burton Constable for putting on this whimisical display of wonders.