I really think we should not allow the list to get the wrong idea about
I run a museum which has mnay school parties and we have rarely had any
difficulty at all and never one complaint from a member of the public.
As I said in another posting I also take lots of adult groups most of who
are senior citizens to many museums including the British Museum, Museum of
London etc, etc, many of which are full of kids and I have not yet seen one
incident that has been serious.
Children are normally well behaved and I've never seen teachers sitting down
ignoring their children's bad behaviour.
I have 3 other thoughts.
1. Evening opening would allow those who don't like children to avoid them
2. visiting after 3.30 would also mean that children can be avoided
3. designers who have computer terminal in museums which only one person
cause the only problem children have ever caused me (i.e. not being able to
get onto the interactives!)
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From: "Meredith Dixon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: Kids
> I agree. I visited England in 1996, and most of my trip was pleasant,
> though, because of my various health problems, it was physically taxing
> around and see the sights. At the Ashmolean in Oxford, however, I was
> standing rather unsteadily, leaning partly on my cane and partly on the
> and placidly looking at an exhibit, when a group of kindergarten children
> running into the bay where I was. The kids were loud and racketty, and I
> afraid one of them would bump into me, but I did my best to ignore them,
> though several of them were more interested in me than in the exhibit.
> The teacher said disapprovingly, "This will never do" -- and I thought she
> about to tell the children to stop bothering me. Instead, to my shock,
> spoke to the guard, and the guard came and said I would have to leave
> my presence was distracting for the children.
> I hadn't spoken to the children, or said or done a thing except to have
> bad luck to be there when they suddenly descended upon me. The guard
> that the museum existed for educational purposes and that therefore school
> groups had priority over all other visitors, but I still think it was
> Meredith Dixon <[log in to unmask]>
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