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Museum on the Move hits the road again

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Museum on the Move, the award-winning mobile museum, is about to hit the road again.

Museum on the Move was conceived and developed by Shropshire Museum Service in 1998 and is now a West Midlands six-county partnership.

April 2011 and May 2011 are now fully booked with Museum on the Move visiting venues right across the county with plenty of trips to the north.  Visits include schools, day centres, care homes, Hope Hospice, and The Square in Shrewsbury.

The new interactive exhibition, ‘Our Changing World’ is full of specimens from the natural history collections kept in the climate controlled stores at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre and tells the story of the dinosaur, the dodo and the dormouse, all animals now extinct or endangered.

There are replica dinosaur jaws and teeth to handle, a video microscope to explore the incredible world of trilobites, mammoth bones to build, a chance to spot the differences between a rat and a water vole, a red squirrel and a grey squirrel and lots of hands-on opportunities to make learning fun and accessible to all.  The only thing we haven’t got on board is a dodo!

There is also a two-hour stop at Shirehall on Thursday 24 May 2011 for councillors and staff to see for themselves the diversity of the exhibition and to decide which endangered species they would like to save – and find out how they can help.

If you want to know if Museum on the Move is visiting a venue near you, please phone 01584 813665 or email llmrc@shropshire.gov.uk

Museum on the Move was recently awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for excellence in Heritage Education at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in February 2011. The award was presented to Shropshire Museum Service’s education officer, Sarah Griffiths, by Loyd Grossman and Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP.