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Thread: The Big Idea, Ayrshire - July 2009

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    Default The Big Idea, Ayrshire - July 2009


    Tucked down at the end of the Ardeer peninsula, the Big Idea Centre was an interactive museum - a Milennium Project, it had capital funding for construction but no ongoing support and was expected to make all it's funding from visitors. That never happened - 120,000 visitors in the first year, 50,000 in the second were never going to keep the place running, and the much larger Glasgow Science Centre killed it off - it's been closed since 2003.



    I first went for a look at the beginning of January - it's not an easy place to get to, you have to skirt past several miles of live explosive factory. There's a footbridge which connects the centre to the mainland which visitors would have used for much easier access, but it's been left open to allow shipping through.



    I used all my most l33t ninja skills, even crawling through the ventilation shafts running far under the building, but there was no way in - and the happy blinking red lights of the alarm system meant that that wasn't going to be a good idea anyway. So I took some external shots and left.



    I'm not sure why I went back yesterday - perhaps a vague thought that I had missed something. Skirting the explosives factory and walking up to the centre, I turned the corner to almost walk into a big black Landrover. Oh oh. Well, I was there anyhow - no harm in asking. Walked up to the office door and knocked - and a big husky appeared on the other side of the glass and started barking madly. Double uh oh. Then his owner appeared. I explained myself, and asked if there was any chance of taking a few pictures inside the main building, expecting the usual Health and Safety excuses. "No problem - I'll just turn off the alarm and put some lights on for you"!

    So, obviously, this is a with-permission visit, thanks to the very friendly person in charge. I didn't have all that much time as he had to go off, but I think I covered the major areas...















    There's a huge amount on the Nobel factory - loads and loads of old photographs, interactive exhibits, old items and tucked away in a storeroom a really cool model of a Nitroglycerine plant.

















    Lesson of the day: you feel a bit of a tit trying to sneak in when all you have to do is ask :)

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    Good report and pics, that first pic looks like the American Museum @ Duxford

    http://www.taphilo.com/history/8thaf...um-Duxford.jpg

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    What a wonderful place - and what a total shame it's closed - Must have cost a fortune to set up, and all wasted money.

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    Well done. What a great place. :)

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    That's awesome! It looks like it just closed for the night. Amazing. I hope it opens again :)

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    I don't think it will, I'm afraid - the plan is to build a golf course and marina and have this as the clubhouse. All the exhibits are up for sale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenCooper View Post
    I don't think it will, I'm afraid - the plan is to build a golf course and marina and have this as the clubhouse. All the exhibits are up for sale...
    Ah right, that's a bit of a waste, but at least it's not being flattened or something stupid. Too good for that really.

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    i cant believe that place is closed!! so new lookin still wot a shame, and like they said up ther. a waste of money.
    very colourful :)

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    Fantastic result, and great work. What a superb place.

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    Aww, It does seem a shame to have the place closed, but it's great how all the exhibits are still there. :)

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