One question that often comes up with students, particularly after a trip to the Warriors Gallery, is some form of “but do these things still work?”
In most cases, those “things” they’re most concerned about are guns, muskets, and bombs.
Depending on my mood, I have a whole host of answers for them… but the business of making dangerous objects safe in museums in most definitely an ongoing one, as The Rooms Museum in St. John’s Newfoundland found out this week!
Read the story from CBC here.
Basically their staff found a mislabeled box, containing WWII explosives. Apparently that particular problem is common in the region and the law enforcement knew just what to do.
The real answer, that I should be telling the students, is that museums always have a policy and a plan.