Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2013 by Diane Mitchell, Curator of Education & Collections
There are many kids out there who could be considered budding curators, without even realizing it. I should know, I was one of them.
Whether they want to collect minerals and fossils, Kinder Egg toys, shells, books, Lego or Barbie dolls (the list is endless), collecting is a great way for kids to learn something new, get creative and get focused. It also teaches them to care for and develop something that belongs to them and only them. I remember I was immensely proud of my little rock, mineral and fossil collection, even though it wasn't that big. On vacation, I didn't spend my saved up cash on souvenirs that would ultimately end up in the garbage, but instead carefully and happily picked out new minerals to show off. It also gave me something that I could teach my parents about which was a great feeling.
Whether or not collecting develops into lifelong hobby or not, it will teach kids skills that will always come in useful as they grow older and give them a pride in their 'work' too.
The Smithsonian Museum has a great little interactive web section on just this topic. Check it out.
Machines and equipment that were used at Britannia Beach, or similar industrial townsites like it, have now found a new home in the Museum's collection. However, some items are still hiding in plain sight waiting for the right person to find them so their story can be properly told.
Britanniasaurus Rex is back again for our annual candy-free Easter Dino Egg Hunt. Can you find his gem-filled eggs? Egg hunts will begin at 11am and 1pm. Be sure to be here in time to join in the fun.
The Britannia Mine Museum is proud to reveal the name of our latest attraction, a theatrical show inside the historic Mill, BOOM! Launching summer 2019, BOOM! is a live-action, multi-sensory special effects show that brings the historic 96-year-old Mill no.3 building back to life.