Analysis Of The Museum Of Science And Technology

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To the Federal Government of Canada. I am writing on behalf of the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa as an exhibition planner and we are currently in the process of preparing for next year’s special exhibition. Each year, the museum displays an exhibit which has had a significant impact on human history. An object rich in history and culture would be Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press. This object was the invention that historians consider brought civilization to an entirely new level of technological advancement (contrary to how insignificant it may seem). This change is often compared to when humans discovered iron which ended the Neolithic Era (New Stone Age) and brought about the Age of Empire (also known as the Iron Age). Johannes …show more content…
Mainz was a city known for its metalwork (such as jewellery, coins, etc). People from different continents would travel there to purchase these exquisite metallic goods. Gutenberg himself had taken up the craft of metalwork in his youth. During this period, there were few conveniences that only the wealthy could afford (such as glass windows, meat, fruit). There was a great social and financial divide between the different classes of society. Those who were wealthy did not associate with the poor and their ideas of a good time were luxurious gatherings and dinners. Those who were poor spent a majority of their time working and when they did have free time, went to festivals and taverns. There weren’t too many educated individuals. Luckily, schools had just started to pop up all over Europe and taught grammar, arithmetic and reading. Unfortunately, books were very few. There was a craving for knowledge on subjects such as astrology, botany and literature, so books were a profitable business. Unfortunately, books were written by scribes who spent many hours a day carefully copying books, word for word. They wrote on parchment which were made from animal skins. The supply could not keep up with the demand for books. Scribes were hurried and often made mistakes, making some books confusing to read. Books had an extremely high value and were often chained to the shelves in libraries to prevent …show more content…
It is a representation of the evolution of human society from the beginning of the Renaissance until now. Without its creation, other very important technologies/systems to our modern world would not have been created (e.g. paper currency). Many are not fully aware of the importance of the printing press and this would be a great way to educate them. The exhibit would be advertised in a professional and convincing manner as to attract as many visitors as possible. The museum will use slogans such as “The Modern Era: Origins”. This exhibit would be an excellent way to educate the public on a significant event of the past. It will also do a substantial job of preserving history. The federal government will be able to generate a lot more revenue (possibly double the investments!). With the right amount of funding, this exhibit could be something worth the time and the effort! Thank you for taking the time to read this proposal and I do hope you will consider providing the funding for next year’s special exhibit at the Museum of Science and Technology in

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