Discussion in 'Charity' started by soleil, Jul 7, 2010.
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I wish it success and I hope it gets the message across to younger people - my 30 year old niece hasn't a clue of the relevance of Nelson :roll: Or why his statue is so prominent in Trafalgar Square - I know, I know!
On another note I was really disappointed on my last visit (to show a great nephew around) to the ship.
It seemed to have been cut about, santitised, and lost its' atmosphere, the more so that there were no guided tours available, and the banter the guides used to pepper their audiences with; something that made the visit worthwhile and memorable.
I had the distinct feeling that 'elf and saferty had taken over.
Been there, done that. I was a Tour Guide on there in '89 as an 19-year old AB, and it was one of the best jobs I've ever done. But the guided tours were time/personnel intensive, so I can see why they've cut it back. The more visitors you can cram on board in the shortest space of time, the more revenue you can generate - simple business strategy. I appreciate that some visitors came aboard to meet matelots (!!) but in the current climate, having a serving person on board a seagoing warship is more benficial than on board a wooden museum.
As for the public's understanding of the relevance of Nelson's contribution to British history was demonstrated to me once when I escorted a tour of French kids around the ship; obviously I am not fluent, so I gave their teacher a script to read. After time, you recognise when they are elaborating and 'ad-libbing', and it became apparent that she was not reading what she was supposed to as the kids started laughing and cheering. When I challenged her and tried to move her along from the Orlop Deck (where the Sick Bay was) she explained that the class had visited Madam Tussaud's the day before (which had a mock up of the same scene) but she had told them that Nelson had actually died there! And the cheering? Well apparently she had told the kids that the French Fleet had sunk HMS Victory, and that Britain had had to raise and salvage the vessel many years later!! :evil:
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