By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 13 May 2011
Students we consulted in 2010 during the development of the Birds of Paradise exhibition came to see the finished product for themselves today. What did they think?
In August 2010 twenty students attended a Kids' College to seek feedback about their interest in birds of paradise, how they felt about text and labels in exhibitions generally and what they would like to see and do in the Birds of Paradise exhibition specifically. You can read all about that day here and more about Kids’ Colleges here.
Today, those same twenty students returned to visit the exhibition for the first time and give us their feedback. We were very excited to see them again, yet rather nervous as we wanted them to like what we’d done.
Once the students arrived and were welcomed and introduced to staff, they were let free to visit the exhibition before retreating to a separate room to discuss what excited them, what surprised them and what they would tell others. We also asked them to consider the main theme of the exhibition We are more alike than you think. They also had the opportunity to quiz Museum staff who had worked on the exhibition, before leaving us with their final message. Here’s a little of what they had to say.
What excited you?
What surprised you?
What would you tell others?
Are we more alike than you think?
A final message for the Museum
Yet another inspiring day of getting closer to our audiences, while learning from them and having fun at the same time. We will be posting more feedback from the day soon, so watch this space.