While tidying up an old filing cabinet I came across an original invitation for the opening of the Wonders of the Peak gallery on 1st August 1988. The gallery which the following year won the prestigious BBC Natural History Museum of the Year award was opened by Brian Redhead.
Part of the Collections in the Landscape project is the redevelopment of this gallery. On the whole the gallery has stood the test of time pretty well and the majority of our visitors do seem to like it. However we do get regular comments along the lines of:
- The lighting is too dark, I struggled to read the labels.
- …the labels are quite wordy and complicated for me at least.
- Was disappointed not to see any display on the lovely town you have and its history.
These are all valid comments and are some of the things we want to address with the redevelopment. However it is going to be difficult to please everyone and as a team we are not taking this job lightly. Our tripadvisor reviews sum up the problem we have, as what some visitors like, others do not. For example in some we are praised for being ‘An old fashioned museum in the very best sense – no gimmicky computer simulations’ while others think we are an ‘outdated attraction’.
What do you think? Have you visited the gallery? What do you like, how could we improve it?