It was established in 1992 following closure of the Colliery (whose site it is now on, you can still see all the heavy machinery that was used to mine coal), Snibston Discovery Museum is the showcase for Leicestershire’s historic science, technology, design and fashion collections. It aims to explore the changing technological world in which we live, through exhibitions, events and our learning programmes, and you can find out more about major technological changes which have affected our everyday lives.
For more information: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/leisure_tourism/museums/snibston/snibston_about/snibston_museum.htm
The museum (I'm sure it used to be called a discovery park) is divided into sections covering machines, toys, science (human body, tornadoes, you name it), transport from the past (we loved the old milk float and planes), fashion, water technology (the outside park has canals, dams, pumps and much to experiment with), and a great playground.
Here are some of our favourite bits:
|The plasma globe|
|Can you build the pipe system?|
|Henry the cycling skeleton|
|Making Henry move|
|Gears, can you place them so that moving one all the|
others move too?
|Locks for very small boats|
|Seeing how the locks work|
|Navigating a boat through the canals|
|Little miners, just about to go into the (play) tunnel and search|
|A happy little miner who had a great day at Snibston|