Otago Museum officials are scratching their heads about
the best way of redeveloping the museum's somewhat neglected
A recent museum study involving public attitudes to the
centre showed ''a lack of awareness of, and engagement with''
it, a recently tabled museum report noted.
At the centre, located near the museum's Discovery World
Tropical Forest entry desk, visitors can learn more about
museum artefacts, as well as science and humanities topics,
by consulting reference books and fact sheets.
Museum collections, research and experience director Clare
Wilson said the lack of public involvement appeared to result
from the centre being ''obscured'' by the Discovery World
desk and generally ''overshadowed by the more highly visible
parts of the museum''.
The research also questioned the role of a ''hard copy''
research facility, given that most research these days was
conducted at home via the internet.
Ms Wilson said the museum would trial the centre in a new
location, in the People of the World Gallery, from mid-year.
The aim was to see if making the centre more visible and its
function clearer to visitors increased their involvement with
Work had also begun to identify key aspects of the current
centre that were of ''high value to visitors'', and to
include these in the relocated facility.