Poole Museum’s first Fun Palace

On 5 October 2019, Poole Museum quadrupled its visitor figures compared to the same day the previous year. Every floor was crowded with people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Music, laughter and excited voices filled the building.

The event was Fun Palaces – a national campaign where venues of all kinds put on events run by and for local communities

Rachel Martin, Community Curator, organised Poole Museum’s first Fun Palace. Here she outlines how it worked, what was successful, and the lessons learned.

“Fun Palaces is hyper-local and a great way for me to get to know the communities on our doorstep. It helped us recognise our local area as made up of individuals with many different talents and passions.”

Wild Life in the Red

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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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