Posted by Trudie Cole at 04/03/2015 09:59:50
Yes, I think we are.
Last week I went to a Museums Association conference called Moving on Up and one of the clear messages I took away from that was that museums have a profound impact upon people's lives and wellbeing. So that made me think are we a happy museum, do we have a positive impact upon people's lives?
And I think the resounding answer to that is yes. After I returned from the conference I found a pile of evaluation forms on my desk from one of our half term events which showed that people really enjoyed the activity. Some of the comments included:
"Fast pace, engaging workers"
"Pretty perfect - especially considering how many children there were"
In fact the Museum was heaving over half term, buzzing with visitors. We had lots of free activities for families to get involved with. Easter and summer look like they will be similarly busy. Keep an eye on our events page for further details.
We continue to be busy with schools visits. This week we are helping children learn about the Romans and Poole's pirate past. Next week we venture outside to think about habitats and food chains, toys and games in the past and the Victorians. We're also working with St Mary's Primary School and Baden Powell and St Peter's School again to inspire writing about hidden histories. All interesting stuff to inspire learning in an exciting way. I think that definitely counts as making a positive impact.
We've also been involved with a couple of other projects looking at health and well being, mental health and combating isolation amongst older people. We're waiting on funding decisions at the moment, but I can definitely say we're about reaching out to support our community.
On a personal note I was really happy to hear this week that, Poole Museum Service, as the lead on a funding application, have received substantial Arts Council funding. This funding will really help us to continue to all our good work and help make the people of Poole happy even further into the future.
So until next time, keep smiling!