Daily Archives: January 27, 2007

A trip to the British Museum

Exhibition bannerFollowing the visit to the Thames Whale exhibition, we decided to make the most of our day in London with some other visits. I knew that there was a photography exhibition on at the British Museum called The Past from Above, so we hopped on the tube to Russell Square and walked to the museum.

I don’t think I’ve been there for about 15 years – the last (and only) time I’d been was to see the Elgin Marbles when I was studying Classics at A-level. That meant I’d never had the opportunity to see the renovated Great Hall, with its amazing roof… I was absolutely amazed by it. I realise that in the past few years it has probably become one of the most photographed landmarks in London, but I couldn’t help but reel off a lot of shots. I’d also taken the Pentax ME with me, and managed to finish the film – so I’m now looking forward to getting that developed. The space really is beautiful and the architecture is stunning.

Ola didn’t come into the exhibition with me as she wasn’t feeling well, so she and her sister sat in the cafe while I explored. It consists of some fantastic aerial photographs of ancient sites around the world, laid out as a geographical tour starting in Africa, passing through Asia and the Americas and ending in Western Europe (there’s a swathe of Europe that isn’t actually represented, which was a shame). It reminded me of The Earth from Above, but with the environmental slant replaced by a historical one – so there were shots of neolithic structures, ancient temples, Roman ruins, and so on. Highly recommended.

As I was coming out of the exhibition, I heard a voice say “Andy?” and found myself talking to a friend who I hadn’t seen for near on 10 years – a surprising, and brief meeting (Becky, hope you find my blog!).

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The Thames Whale exhibition

SkeletonThis time last year, a northern bottlenose whale found its way up into the Thames. We were briefly able to marvel at the very unusual sight of a whale in the river outside the Houses of Parliament – but truth was that the creature was a long way from where it should have been. Despite efforts to save it, it didn’t survive.

This week, the Guardian put the remains of the whale on display at their Newsroom in Farringdon in London. Today, we went along to take a look. It was a very nicely done, small exhibition that included photographs, natural history display, and a film. You can see more in my photoset on Flickr.

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