Sherbrooke science and nature museum underused by Anglophones
Although the exhibitions at the Sherbrooke science and nature museum, both the permanent and temporary exhibits, are always presented in both French and English and are even exported to other museums across the country and in the United States, few English speakers seem to be enjoying them.
“Almost all of the exhibits and museum programs are bilingual yet there is very little exposure to the English community of the Eastern Townships,” commented Townshippers’ Association’s president,
Gerald Cutting, who is also a member of the museum’s Board of Directors.
“When English services like these are not made use of, we tend to lose them. And they don’t come back,” said Mr. Cutting in an interview with the Stanstead Journal.
Having visited the museum several times with my children when they were younger, much to the delight of everyone involved, it was surprising to hear that the museum was not being frequented by the English-speaking community. Besides the temporary exhibits which have covered, in very ‘hands on’ ways, such topics as hummingbirds, dinosaurs, aging, teeth, digital imagery, climate change and more, the permanent exhibit contains 65,000 natural specimens as well as other objects of scientific value.
The following temporary exhibits are going on right now at the museum: Let’s go! Animals in motion, Terra Mutants and The Cycle of the Seasons.
“I’m really delighted to be working with the Sherbrooke Science and Nature Museum to build bridges between our two communities. I’m also pleased that a long established institution like the Museum has decided to make an effort to reach out to the English community. It characterizes how we have evolved in the Eastern Townships, working in collaboration to promote goals of common interest. The museum celebrates our passion for our past. Its activities are educational and with a view to better understand where we are now and where we are going in the future,” concluded the president of Townshippers’ Association.
To learn more about the museum, visit their website at www.naturesciences.ca
Gerald Cutting, president of Townshippers’ Association and a board member of Sherbrooke’s Science and Nature Museum, poses with a ‘friend’ from the museum’s temporary exhibit “The cycle of the Seasons”.
The Sherbrooke Science and Nature Museum has stuffed animals of all kinds, actually thousands of them, including some very cuddly ones in the Museum’s boutique.