Yesterday, Hope and I went to
to see the exhibition,
Tickets for this event are scarce and
I was unable to book any for a time and
date convenient for us, so I joined the Museum
as a member online and we were able to just
turn up and walk straight in.
|(Hope and the hoards of Museum-goers)|
I also want to go to their exhibition
of Ice Age Art on another day,
and, with those two exhibitions alone,
the membership will have paid for itself.
We both really enjoyed this exhibition,
especially as we have been to Pompeii
(amazing place) and Hope has been to
Herculaneum. She is also about to sit her
Latin GCSE, so she was taking many
notes as we went round the exhibits.
There were far more exhibits than I thought
there would be. The amount of information
given was not overwhelming, but succinct and
highly informative. The exhibition
focused on the everyday life of the inhabitants
of these places, showing artifacts in, roughly,
a room like setting. Some of it was very
moving - such as;
The baby's cradle, totally intact
but turned to charcoal. When originally discovered
the baby's tiny body was still inside, covered with a
wool blanket :(
The casts of the family who died where they sat.
The famous Pompeii dog
found in the same house as this mosaic,
the same dog? Possibly.
Also, there were beautiful mosaics,
using the tiniest of tiles (tesserae),
stunning murals with the softest of colours,
and original advertising for
bars and restaurants. I loved the 'speech'
written above some of the people on these
Roman 'posters', giving a very realistic picture
of the average Roman's life (with rather
fruity language too!).
There were utensils, tools, furniture,
games, food, statues, jewelry etc etc.
The Museum states that most people get
round Exhibition is about an hour. We were
in there for nearer two hours, although it
was very busy so we had to wait to see
some of the exhibits properly.
(I had to wait in the queue for the ladies
toilets almost as long!! Why are there
never enough Ladies toilets??!).
Hope and I remarked that we felt rather
sorry for the tourists arriving at Pompeii and
Herculaneum - as it would seem that most of
the artifacts are in the UK!
Thank you for all your comments and emails
about our sweet girl, Rosie Mae.
When she started the medication she had a
couple of days of being very 'sluggish' and
we worried that she was struggling. However,
she has rallied and has been happily going out
for her runs. She hasn't, so far, felt the need to
have her mad 5 minute race around the garden
(the trigger for her fainting), so we have yet to
see if the tablets will help in that situation.
The extension 'grows', slowly but surely.
|(Turn around, Rosie, time to have our photo taken)|
The rooms have been marked out so it's
easier for me to visualise how it will look.
|(Smile, Rosie Mae!)|
Hopefully the weather will be kind to us
next week and 'the boys' will be able to
get on with the next stage of the project.
Thank you for dropping by and
for leaving a comment, I really
appreciate each and every one.