Love / Science is a new exhibition at MOTAT, the Museum of Transport and Technology. The exhibition beautifully stages some of the treasures from the collection and the stories of NZ innovators. It tells the human stories that inspired the innovations and shows the science that made it possible.
My favourite object was the Totalisator, an early 1900s calculator (or an early step towards a computer?) that looks a bit like a piano and was used at horse races – calculators never looked more beautiful. In our time of the pandemic the Iron Lung, an early ventilator from 1935, has a new relevance. And it was touching that the woman who was treated with the Heart and Lung Machine as a child was present at the exhibition opening. There are new innovations, too, from surf boards made of wool to a bamboo bike.
Having worked with MOTAT over the last couple of years (and still doing so), I particularly enjoy the exhibition as it is another milestone on the museum’s journey towards its vision and bringing its Visitor Experience Plan (see the case study) to life.