Trade show stands, talks and taxidermy. Not necessarily three things that would naturally go hand in hand, but a trip to Brighton yesterday brought all three for Marie.
The Musuems Assocation annual conference and exhibition is always a great event to catch up on the latest developments in the field, which help to inform our Visitor Centre Planning and Design. There were some interesting products that may be useful for some of our projects and there was time to listen to some of the talks on sustainability in exhibition design, lighting choices, how online gaming can help to deliver museum content and how to avoid the pitfalls of copyright.
There was also a chance to dash up the road to the intriguing Booth Museum of Natural History. Founded by a wildfowler, in the same way as our own founder, Sir Peter Scott was originally a wildfowler turned conservationist, this museum now houses hundreds of displays of taxidermy depicting almost all of Britain's bird species as well as many butterflies, moths and skeletons of mammals. An extrordinary collection of Victoriana but also a very well used resource for local schools and tourists alike to discover the wonders of the natural world through some engaging interactive exhibits and activities. Highly recommended if you are in the area.