Saturday, 17 March 2012
Verdict: Go see it
9 November 2011 – 5 June 2012
This exhibition looks at the everyday items we take for granted and the interesting stories about how they cam to be such an integral part of our lives.
The best stories are the failed experiments such as the attempt at a super-strong adhesive that was too weak and so resulted in the post-it note, or storing tea in a container that proved not to be waterproof and became the tea bag.
It’s easy to take such minor objects such as paperclips and clothes pegs for granted and this exhibit is all about making sure we’re aware of how they came into being and thus making us appreciate them more. Some stories sound too good to be true - a man turning up to work and finding no spare hangars, fashions one out of metal wire and the wire hangar is born!
Some people may be put off by the fact that there’s an entrance charge for a relatively small exhibition, but it’s full of fascinating information and is sure to come in handy at a pub quiz one day.