I wonder whether we make the most of the wonderful museums that we have in this country. Many are free and offer us an enormous range of collections to view, films to watch, models to touch, interactive displays, models with buttons to press, and more recently there are interactive digital screens that allow us to walk through a virtual world created by CGI. In the reign of Queen Victoria, some of the most impressive free-to-access museums were created for the benefit of the public and they are still there for us today.
How many of us were lucky enough to experience a sense of awe and wonder when we were young and taken to a museum like the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum in London? In the modern age, where children have access to virtual worlds through computer games and tablets, can museums still provide an experience that will interest and excite young children? Is there more that museums can do to captivate the younger generation and stimulate our next generation of scientists?