Tell us what you think
I’m Carl, Duxford’s Exhibitions Manager, and I’ll be running this blog while developing the content for Historic Duxford. For our first post, I thought I’d explain what we’re going to be doing in the first weeks of the project. This can be summed up in one word: ‘evaluation’.
We want to ensure that we incorporate all the good stuff from previous projects, change the things that didn’t work, and get people to contribute their thoughts and ideas at the outset.
There are several parts to this.
First, we’ll be doing some more work on evaluating what works and what doesn’t work in AirSpace, in terms of the way we present our stories. This was our most recent large-scale project, so it makes sense to start there. Second, we’ll be asking visitors what they want to know most about the history of Duxford. This is where it gets really interesting, as we all have ideas as to what should be in there; whose stories we should display, what objects we should include, how we divide up the space, above all how we present the information that we have. We’ll be asking the same questions of staff, volunteers and partners in the Museum. We’ll be asking the local community what they’d like to see represented in the gallery – after all, for many people in the surrounding villages, Duxford’s history is the history of their families and friends. And of course we’ll be talking to Duxford veterans, to make sure we don’t miss any fantastic stories.
If you’ve got things you’d like to tell us, or show us, please do comment on the blog. Maybe you’ve got examples of really good practice in other Museums that you’d like to see replicated here. Maybe there’s a particular story about Duxford that you’d like to see presented. Do let us know.
Meanwhile, while that’s going on, we’re continuing to add more to our primary research files, sorting out different pieces of material for inclusion.