A new exhibition set to open at the London Science Museum centers on how science and technology will shape the future of farming and food production.
In a bid to reflect agriculture in today’s society, a new gallery provisionally named, “Feeding Tomorrow”, is currently in construction at the London Science Museum.
The idea is to highlight the science and technology behind food production and will replace the existing original agricultural gallery which was established in 1951.
“It’s a time of big change in agriculture”, says Mary Cavanagh, content creator for the project which will open within the next two years.
“We needed to re-evaluate how we’re representing agriculture.
“It’s a time where we need to decide what the future is going to look like.”
The exhibition presents an opportunity for the public to get an insight in to the food production systems in place.
It will also present the challenges faced by farmers today and look at how science and technology could help to address these issues.
The £3 million project will not only showcase the array of technology used in agriculture today, but future possibilities too – some of which aren’t even being used on-farm yet.
The idea is to educate.
It supports the theory that farming is moving forwards rapidly when it comes using the latest technologies and should be seen as an attractive industry for younger people to work in.
The exhibition allows people to move freely around four main sections – a change from the previous format when it was set in chronological order.
The theme is focused on how we can produce enough food while maintaining the following:
There will also be some personal farming touches.
You can expect to see real footage of farmers or listen to their recorded stories, or quotes from industry figures.
The museum attracts a staggering 3.4 million visitors per year.
Booked educational groups make up a large part of their visitor numbers, with around 450,000 of those coming from schools last year.
Some props from the original display will also still be on show.
Re-using old objects is important, says Mary, in allowing people to understand how things happen today.
“Our main remit is to inspire people and spark an interest in the science that can change our lives.”