Many museums ban mobile phones at the door – sometimes the same museums that thrust gadgetry upon their school and youth-group visitors. On a recent visit to Tate Modern, even middle-aged me was told off by a gallery assistant for answering my mobile and asked to switch it off. Yet that same museum runs pioneering programmes with young people, involving some of the most hi-tech digital gadgetry available.
Yes, well, one of these things is not like the other, is it, Dea?
And people go to art galleries to contemplate the art, not to listen to some woman yakking on her mobile. Middle-aged or not, it makes no difference. That’s why they have the rule and, yes, it applies to you too.
And on the subject of the unaccompanied minors, well, it’s not simply a case of snobbish museums, is it? As one of the commenters points out:
“It’s sad that these two girls were not allowed to visit the museum, but one can understand the concerns of the museum. Sadly, too many teenagers nowadays are not brought up or educated properly, and left to their own devices would annoy other visitors and make a nuisance of themselves. Ironically, this may not have been the case for these two little girls, but they have been unfairly punished for the yobbery of their peers.”
this has FA to do with behaviour, education or annoyance of children.
it has everything to do with the legal side.
the law is such that if they don’t have a parent or guardian with them, the museum is legally responsible for them. if they were to trip over, or put their hand through a glass case, or if the ‘daily mail bogeyman pedo’ touches them then it’ll be the museum paying the compo.
and this isn’t just museums – there is practically no chance if you’re a child of getting into other places (swimming pools come to mind) on your own.
that the parents went straight to the press with this story rather than just making a quiet compaint to the museum shows the money-grabbing fear-driven nature of today’s society.
the irony that it is the fear-mongering of the tabloids that has created the conditions such that their children can’t go anywhere unaccompanied must be lost on them. i hope they’re enjoying the 1-2k of mail-cash this morning.