Electricity Museum - Days out in Dorset
If you find yourself in Christchurch, Dorset and you have an afternoon to spare then a pleasant way to spend an hour or two is at the Museum of Electricity. The museum itself has been running for over 25 years and was originally opened in May 1981. It is housed in the Old Power Station on Bargates.
Plenty of Historical Information
The building itself dates back to 1903 and has plenty of historical information to keep you occupied. The building also retains much of its original character.
Length of Visit
Visit length is likely to be in the region of one and a half to two hours. Entry prices are low with an adult ticket costing £2.50 and children's entry costing £1 (always worth checking the Electricity Museum website for the latest prices). Therefore it is also a relatively inexpensive way to pass a rainy afternoon.
Without doubt the highlight of my visit was the demonstration. This showcased a number of electrical experiments that have taken place over the past 200 years and gives children an insight into how electricity works. The reason why this was so much fun was the personality of the man giving the demonstration. A natural with children he turned what could have been a fairly dry experience into a light hearted half hour that kept all the watching children interested. It's a shame that a few more teachers do not have his enthusiasm and sense of enjoyment. It would certainly make going to school a lot more entertaining.
The rest of the museum is made up of a variety of exhibits including old electrical appliances, photographs and newspaper cuttings. Although I am pleased to say that the majority of exhibits were in use before my lifetime I did recognise a number of items such as early computers, a Sinclair C5 and also a hairdryer!
Early Electrical Discoveries
The main focus is on early electrical discoveries of the 19th century, plus the explanation of how electricity is generated and sent to your home. Guides are available to answer any questions you may have and to explain the different features of the exhibits. There is also a fully restored electric tram that plied a route between Bournemouth and Poole in it's hey day.
There is no charge for school visits during the normal opening hours of the museum. Guided tours, talks and demonstrations are all available to schools and other organizations, although pre booking is required.
Check the Opening Hours
Another point to check before you head off for the museum is the opening hours. The Electricity Museum is currently open between the hours of 12 - 4.30pm between Easter and the end of September. It also opens on a Friday during school holidays. Again it is worth checking opening times before setting out.
Free Car Parking
Free car parking is available at the rear of the museum.
For up to date information please visit: Electricity Museum.
One of those places worth a visit if you are in the area. Not worth going out of your way for, but passes an hour or two with the children.
Posted: 05/Sep/07 at 11:41:17
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