Finding the space to have fun

The British Museum (1823-47), by Robert Smirke
Curiously, the moon was the subject of two different news reports this week. On Monday night anyone who cast their eyes upwards to a cloudless sky was treated to a so-called Super Moon, a phenomenon whereby every 20 years the moon is at its closest possible reach from Earth and appears much larger and brighter than usual. The other moon news concerned travel and tourism, with 11 per cent of participants in a survey carried out by a UK travel company, believing moon travel to be possible in the next 10 years.

In reality of course the closest we will get to the moon is another 20 years away, when the Super Moon returns, but the results of the survey do show increasing expectations of technology and of holiday experiences. Both of these expectations can be met in the UK and even combined, by spending some time exploring science and technology museums, which are found throughout the country. It is said that 90 per cent of the population can access a science centre within two hours and in the 21st century this will mean less stuffy, static museum exhibits and more family fun, hands-on interactivity.

The Science Museum in London is perhaps the most famous and certainly the most visited, but the Glasgow Science Centre can match any for visual appeal, entertainment and interactivity. People in Northern Ireland have the W5 Centre in Belfast, where five different exhibition areas stir the imagination, while in Wales, Techniquest is one of Cardiff’s leading attractions. Eureka in Halifax is just for children while those with their sights set higher than the moon should head for Jodrell Bank in Cheshire or the National Space Centre in Leicester. Take a trip, a tour or short UK break and find yourself reaching for the stars.

Image: The British Museum (1823-47), by Robert Smirke by stevecadman via Flickr

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