Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Vintagent and the National Motorcycle Museum

The Vintagent doesn't like the NMM, see his comments here.  The Vintagent is extremly knowledgeable and runs a popular and very successfull blog but I happen to disagree with him, here's why.

Actually I like the fact the place is crammed out. I'm completely fed up with museums that are full of style but have little content, are designed to ensure maximum footfall and the theme follows through into the shop to ensure maximum spend. The NMM is privately funded so it doesn't need to make a profit and doesn't need blokes with degrees to decide what's important, the visitor can do that for themselves. The Science Museum has warehouses full of engineering gems that will never be displayed again because they will not bring the footfall that government funding requires. Well, I think sometimes we should be shown stuff that might not look very interesting at first glance because that way we start to make connections and really understand how engineering develops. The NMM provides that, if I want to I can spend a day just looking at Amal carburettors, what could be better. Museums are about exhibits not exhibitions.

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