What to do with a six and seven & a half year old, on a rainy day in Oxford? Go to the University Museum of course.
…but the real hit were the luminous rocks.
For some reason (even when he we told him we were English) our waiter spoke to us in French. We played along (spoke along?) and it became a running joke between us. The food was good (but you might as well eat in cheap places as posh ones in Istanbul, as the food tends to be the same but better) – and it was a really fun evening.
And if that wasn’t enough – there’s this magnificent Laudian font.
My friend Sadie is down from Scotland for a college reunion – we took the opportunity to go to one of my favourite places, The University Museum of Natural History (OUM). If like me, you’re a great lover of Victorian Gothic, the building alone is worth a visit.
No trip to the OUM is complete without a dash into the Pitt Rivers to have a look at the shrunken heads. I didn’t take my camera with me, and snaps I took on my ‘phone haven’t come out all that well. We noticed that the museum is going to be closed from 7th July 2008 until Spring 2009.
The talk of refurbishment was a bit of a worry, as one of the joys of the Pitt Rivers is it’s untouched nature. However, it turns out that the plan is to dismantle the 1960s exhibition gallery – full details can be found at this URL : http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/hlf.html.