Love / Science: A new exhibition at MOTAT

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. 

Dementia friendly venues

Continuing my mini-series on the ageing population, I found this new initiative by the mayor of London: the world’s first Dementia Friendly Venues Charter.

As London’s creative arts scene re-opens with the lifting of Covid restrictions, the mayor in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society launched an initiative so that those living with dementia can make the most of the city’s cultural venues.

The charter aims to make cultural venues more welcoming and accessible for visitors with dementia through a range of dementia-friendly resources including sensory tours, inclusive performances, dedicated relaxed sessions, clear signage, designated chill out zones and staff training.

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