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Ideas for Converting an Old Observatory Into a Science Education Center

24 Oct 2015, 21:58 UTC
Ideas for Converting an Old Observatory Into a Science Education Center
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Question: Hi there!
I am an Interior Architecture student from Leeds Beckett university. Currently working on my final year project, I have to pick a building that is unused/abandoned and propose/design a new use for it.
I found Bidston Observatory built in 1866, used to determine the time in Liverpool, Gravity measurements and astronomical observation (with a transit telescope and refracting telescope) it also used to rate chronometers. Eventually, the activity of the building focused on tide measurements and predictions, and the astronomical research and observation stopped in 1890.
I am proposing its revival by creating a space where people of all ages can gain interest in astronomy, mainly into the traditional or ancient techniques to calculate time, star mapping, and navigation. In an interactive educational way.
I am looking into the possibility of making tools, learning to use them, and make star maps.
Do you have any ideas on activities that can bring this building back to life and help kids and teenagers to engage with astronomy? I am trying to stay away from the standard exhibitions with buttons that tell u stories, but trying to get kids to build, use tools, learn by making and experimenting.
Any ideas ...

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