Winter Light Night – Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museum

A real treat this evening…

Winter Light Night at the Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum.
I went with my lovely friend Jo, and her children Jack and ‘Cille.
The dinosaurs…

…were shown off to good effect…

…by the special lighting…
…which was very special.
We enjoyed the wind up torches…
…we used to explore the Pitt Rivers collection.
The lighting was fab here too…
…highlighting the beautiful roof.
People wandering around with torches looked like a cloud of fireflies.
The museum itself…
…looked like the skeleton of dinosaur.
[Photos taken with my new iPhone :-)…]

My small object of desire – Pitt Rivers scrimshaw

Elaine decided that discretion was the better part of valour, and that the urchins were a big young for the shrunken heads in the Pitt Rivers. I introduced them to my favourite exhibit, this scrimshaw hunting scene.

I think this polar bear has a fantastic expression. However, I think the wind-up torches, that you could borrow for a better look in the cases, were the most memorable thing about the visit!

The Pitt Rivers with the Revd

Today the Revd Rattue and I (aka The Weeping Cross) went to see the newly reopened Pitt Rivers Museum. As all it fans will be pleased to see, it still retains its character as the ‘university’s attic’ (to quote my friend Annie).

While waiting for me (the refurbishment means that the museum has toilets – hurrah)…Revd Rattue stationed himself under a totem pole…

…and looked like one of the exhibits.

I was very taken with the creature on the left – which is called ‘Lady Burrows’ apparently.

And this little juxtoposition in a temporary exhibition.

I’m already looking forward to my next trip, which I hope will be next week with the lovely Lindsay.