This summer I spent some time in London, meeting friends and being cultural. At least a little bit cultural.
To spread that culture I'm writing a quick guide to some London museums seen from my point of view.
But the museum itself: Dinosaurs yes, but also so much more. How the human body works. Evolution. Earth quake simulator. Nice restaurant. Blue whale. Cool.
I wish I had had more good images from the museum, but it was either too dark (the dinosaur exhibition) or I was just too interested to spend time on taking pictures. Otherwise you could have seen picture of how evolution had created different beaks (yes, Darwin's classic example) or an image of a blue whale (they are very very big) or a movie from the Kobe Earthquake simulator (I managed to stand without holding on to something but it would have been very scary if it had been real).
I will end with a snapshot from the birth of a new generation of overlords though.
VIC-20 which was my first computer. When I got it as a birthday present it was second-hand and already obsolete, but was enough to stimulate and fascinate me into a world of high-tech science.
There was an exhibition about Alan Turing who was one of the creators of the computer and one of the brains of Bletchley Park, but I think it would have been more interesting to focus on the work they did than him as a person. All in all, I had the feeling the museum could have been so much better.
Trajan's column, the original created almost 2000 years ago in Rome. Absolutely the biggest and most massive object in the museum. You can see people in the corner to give some kind of reference.
I would have liked to include photos of the jewellery collection but unfortunately they didn't allow cameras there. To make it slightly more complicated for someone to prepare a theft I guess, or to make people go there to see it for real rather than watching images that cannot replicate the brilliance of real gems.
This museum managed to make collections interesting, something I feel some other museums failed. So if you read this and work for the Science Museum or British Museum, please hire the curators of V&A!
The figurine to the right is an ivory etching from China. I just found it cute and well made and I'm not aware of any specific cultural significance though it probably wouldn't be on display otherwise.
Damien Hirst also likes pulling the wings from butterflies, hopefully after killing them, but he seems a bit weird so I wouldn't put money on it. Those wings he then glues to paper forming very beautiful patterns and creations, which people buy for millions of pounds. I wouldn't mind one of the butterfly creations but for me the economic value of them seem a little exaggerated.
His third (and final?) obsession is medicines. Collections of medicine boxes and bottles in cupboards. People in England (at least if they have a science degree or works in a hospital) recognised quite a lot of the medicines but they seem to use different brand names than in Sweden so without that help I would have been all lost. Pills in colourful patterns were at least easier to appreciate.
They also had an art installation which was a huge (aircraft hangar size) empty room where people were encouraged to move and dance. Some children had fun with it for sure.