By Camille Douglas
We visited the National Museum of Scotland this morning to learn more about the country’s history and culture. Though we have been in several museums thus far on this trip, I think I would consider the National Museum of Scotland to be my favorite. It’s interesting layout and six floors cover the complete range of the Scottish history, and I seemed a little more eager to immerse myself in learning about the past culture and lifestyles as I have ancestors that trace back from this country.
In attempting to relate a part of Scottish history I learned back to media, I found myself particularly immersed in reading the galleries that informed how Enlightenment spread all over across Europe during the 1800s. Improvements in roads and other traveling methods as well as a higher appreciation for education were the two factors that were attributed for the spreading of Enlightenment ideas.
People were able to travel farther, much more easier and frequently then they had ever before. With the establishments of schools and universities, more people could read and had access to learning. The education system became more opened and broadly based than many European countries. At that same time, there was an increased number of books published and reached across the land. Therefore, the ideas of Enlightenment were passed and spread along due to the travel improvements and the restructuring of the education system.
As I continued walking around the museum, there was display that held the very first Scottish television and telephone. The designs of both of these artifacts are big and very bulky. Looking at how technology has progressed since the early 1900s, its interesting to see how telephones now don’t even weigh a pound and are portable, wireless. Even televisions now have scaled down in dimensions and can be hung up on walls.
It’s in museums like that get me wondering about when will we be looking at the IPhone 6 in an enclosed glass box, pondering about how it was used for communication and discussing how communication has advanced since then?