Today was my first day of manning the exhibition and I had a little counter to count the visitors on. I was told by the venue owners that even if visitors just put their ‘toes’ or ‘nose’ through the door, they count. I was also advised that if they peer through the window and make a comment, they count. In addition, if they pause and read the poster, the count. I suspect the real count would be around 50 but with the ‘toes’ and ‘nose’ people included, this made a total of 67.
So who were the 67 visitors and what did they think of the exhibition? Some were intrigued, some were positive, and a few were a little negative (‘I don’t get all this modern art rubbish’). Many of the visitors were just passing or waiting for the bus (at least one guy told me he was waiting for his bus, which was late). Many were people who had gone to Wilko to buy DIY items (I saw more than one can of paint in a carrier bag).
I had a productive day. I managed to get a lot of paid work done.
I hope that on some level the visitors were left with some reflections on the objects of the First World War.
Perhaps tomorrow will bring something different.