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THE ENERGY GALLERIES Dr John Beckerson Senior Curator, Energy
OUR VISION • BRINGING INNOVATION TO LIFE • Human ingenuity • Inventions • Scientific breakthroughs • LIKE NO OTHER • Unique • Different • Groundbreaking Our Vision
OUR INTERPRETATION STRATEGY • GROUNDBREAKING • Original • Cutting edge • Iconic • IMMERSIVE • Engrossing • Interactive • Imaginative Our Interpretation Strategy • TRULY MEMORABLE • Unforgettable • Surprising • Special
DESIRED VISITOR RESPONSE Our desired visitor response
MOSI THEMES Cross-cutting content MOSI Themes Manchester & the N.W. Innovation in Action Past, present & future People & Society
ENERGY GALLERIES & THEATRE Key Audiences
MOSI: THE ENERGY STORY INTERFACE MOSI the interface
MOSI: THE ENERGY STORY INTERFACE Our meeting is making this work
ENERGY: MOSI EXPERIENCE 2011 Working steam engines Gas gallery Electricity gallery Future and nuclear Coal mining collection Gallery or collection Star rating
THE ENERGY GALLERIES WHAT MIGHT BE INSIDE?
ENERGY GALLERIES Possible Structure based on Chronology
ENERGY HUB – WHAT IS IT? A place where people’s eyes are opened to the energy systems that surround them Visitors see key stories about energy and orientate themselves, learning where they are going next and what they can do in the gallery. They discover that energy is all around them and that that it has an amazing past, a turbulent present and several possible futures. There are symbolic objects from each energy era and live energy monitoring.
DARK PAST TO INDUSTRIAL MIGHT • Visitors start their energy journey in near-darkness. • Flickering flames light the way. • They see the world of wood, charcoal, water wheels, windmills and muscle power. • Visitors then enter the age of coal, gas and steam. • Coal boilers, coal fires, dominate. • Homes and streets are lit by gas. • Steam is the great energy user.
MAKING THE MODERN WORLD • Visitors enter the modern era. • They learn how electrical systems grew. • Most coal is now used for making electricity. • Oil, natural gas, nuclear power impact. • Home energy use changes and grows. Objects are mid-twentieth-century onwards.
ENERGY FUTURES • People confront future energy choices. • They see modern energy generation. • Energy efficiency is demonstrated. • They explore energy futures such as slow growth, green transition or dash for energy. Objects are up-to-date.
THE ENERGY THEATRE A physical space in the galleries and … A place where exciting things happen. A place where you learn new things. A place where you encounter fascinating people. A place where you feel proud of the north-west. A place that excites you about careers in energy. A place that welcomes you in. Valuable to museum sponsors
THE ENERGY THEATRE A place of exciting encounters…
THE IDEAL GALLERY What we would like every gallery to include
THE IDEAL GALLERY What we would like every gallery to include • Collections • Working machinery or exhibits • Dynamic, walk-through displays and multimedia interpretation • The “wow factor” • A Real Storyline • A clear storyline from start to finish of each gallery • Illustrating the science • Where it’s going next • The Human Story • The people and social history behind the science inspiring technology • The impact of the lives of ordinary people • Interactivity • Focus on doing “doing things” • Experience it (through ‘hands-on activities and demonstrations)
INDUSTRIAL MIGHT Applying the ‘Ideal Gallery’ Concept • Collections • Coal mining equipment • Gas retorts, lights and stoves • Ferranti’s first AC systems • Parsons’ early turbine • A Real Storyline • Coal boilers & fires • Homes and streets are lit by gas • Steam is the great energy user • The Human Story • Coal miner • Mill engine operator • Gas works stoker • Electrical engineer • Interactivity • Move coal by road, water & rail • Fire a gas retort • Test steam power against muscle power
ENERGY FUTURES Applying the ‘Ideal Gallery’ Concept • Collections • Houses of tomorrow • Microgeneration technology • Your ideas… • A Real Storyline • Energy choices • New ideas and new discoveries • Your ideas… • The Human Story • Biogas plant worker • Energy customers of tomorrow • Your ideas… • Interactivity • Understanding usage game • Where does energy come from? • Your ideas…
WORKSHOP SESSION What do you want to see? Look at these 2 gallery sections and apply the Ideal Gallery Model to create an insight into the energy world that meets with the MOSI vision The Modern World Energy Futures
BREAK & WORKSHOP SESSION
ENERGY GALLERIES Development Path MOSI Ideas Consultation with Industry Consultation with Visitors Design Development
SMALL STEPS NOW We can work now to deliver smaller but useful improvements
THE BENEFITS TO YOU For getting involved
THANK YOU Keeping the lights on may seem like a practical and prosaic subject. But, in the words of energy expert Professor Ian Fells, electricity happens to be the lifeblood of civilisation. Without it, we risk a rapid descent into anarchy and barbarism. This is why finding new, sustainable sources of energy is so important to our future well-being, and even to our very existence. Royal Academy of Engineering