Kurt Jackson Private View – Oxford Museum of Natural History, March 2016

Earlier in March I was lucky enough to be a +One at a private view of an exhibition of works by Kurt Jackson at the Oxford Museum of Natural History.

The exhibition is well worth a visit, but for me the real star was the museum building after dark.

It’s like a beautiful upside down boat…

…an absolute gem of Gothic Revival architecture.

The museum’s design was influenced by the work of John Ruskin.


I fall in love with it again every time I visit.

Burgundy 2014 (Le Retour) – Autun

One place I never tire of visiting is Autun.

Apart from the cathedral (and what a cathedral), there are plenty of other interesting buildings. In this case the art school.

The fortified houses, with the round towers that are typical of this part of the world, are a reminder that this was a disputed area for a long time.

This building was a tavern of ill repute. It was well known for being a gambling den…

….and the owners build a tennis court next door, much as a pub landlord would have a pool table, or a darts board today.

if it wasn’t for the electric street light, one would expect to see a chap in doublet and house come swaggering round the corner

The motivation for our trip to Autun was to visit the Musée Rolin, to see an exhibition about Goya and Delacroix. A fantastic small exhibition.

From the museum courtyard, you get a great view of the back of the old prison building. It’s circular, like Bentham‘s panopticon. It’s a shame that it’s not in a better state of repair.

The courtyard also gives the opportunity for a rest and a cig.

The House of Books has no Windows

Yesterday, The Boy and I went to an exhibition at Modern Art OxfordThe House of Books has no Windows, by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.

I’d been lured in by the title, and the knowledge that the exhibition was FREE. I don’t normally ‘get’ conceptual art, but I really enjoyed the show. 
The Boy took these pics on his phone, hence the rather poor quality (but hey, that makes them nice and ‘arty’) – I think I look like a little girl who’s found her perfect Wendy House :-).