By Lauren Fruen
BRITAIN’S national poo museum has proved so popular that’s it’s been forced to move to bigger premises.
The tourist attraction on the Isle of White saw record numbers visit when it first opened two years ago.
Since then its founders have been blown away by those interested in the history and science of poo.
So much so that they have now had to look for a bigger, better home for the unusual museum.
It means that the visitor spot – dedicated to human and animal excrement – will move from its temporary location on the island to a nearby Victorian fort.
The local council has even given them £15,000 to help with their new venture.
The poo museum is so popular that it has a poo-mobile used in “outdoor plop-up exhibitions” and has even been on a UK tour.
It was set up by a group of artists including Dan Roberts after they decided poo should no longer be ignored.
They have gathered samples of faeces from around the world as well as donations from the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle museum.
Co-curator Dan said: “Poo is all around us and inside us, but we ignore it.
“The museum started as an exhibition but it has proved really popular.
“The Isle of Wight Council has stuck its neck out to support this unlikely venture, recognising the power of poo to help regenerate the area and offering us the Victorian fort as a home.
“We’ve begun removing the ivy and fixing the roofs. We’ve also created our crowd funding campaign to help raise the rest of the funds needed.
“It’s only since our launch that we’ve really understood what a vast, fascinating and important subject poo is as well as its potential for hands-on exhibits.
“Up to now we’ve been exhibiting in other’s venues which has been limiting.
“The fort’s been derelict for some years and will need a major refit, but it has masses of history, secret tunnels and includes a block of disused public toilets which we’re confident we can rebuild into ‘Britain’s most exciting toilet’. The possibilities for this are endless.
“As a museum we’re keen to relay really serious poo-related issues that affect people’s lives which is why we’re also involved with projects The Natural History Museum and Liverpool University.”
The poo museum is now crowdfunding to help with their relocation costs (Mandatory link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/poomuseum?tk=2031fab896d28be22f20e67ae5c93a9398c5b627)