Last weeks’ poll: STEM museums

A new exhibition opens this week at the Science Museum on the Large Hadron Collider, replacing the museum’s gallery of historic ships. What role should STEM museums play in representing the world of science and technology?

A very large majority of the 441 respondents to last week’s poll backed the idea of science and technology museums presenting the latest developments in research and industry as well as reflecting the heritage of the sector. Over 71 per cent supported this option, compared with just 16 per cent saying that heritage should be the focus. While 3 per cent said they should attempt to explain climate change, 6 per cent thought they should avoid the subject altogether, and options supporting and opposing corporate sponsorship of exhibitions both attracted 2 per cent of support.