Get on the museum trail!

Tea, anyone?

Tea, anyone?

It may be January, but that’s no reason to sit at home.  I’ve already seen my first snowdrops of the year but, if you don’t like the cold and the great outdoors, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found in museums.  My Monday walk Beside the Tees took me to a local favourite, Preston Park.  Best known for its Victorian Street, the museum is also packed full of titbits of history.

It’s quite fascinating to wander through your past.   My childhood was unexceptional but I rediscovered, with delight, a hand puppet of Muffin the Mule, and cardboard cutout dolls that kept a younger me engaged for many happy hours.  Baby dolls were so ugly in those days, with their nubbly heads and screwed up faces!

The rag rugs were all too familiar from our hearthside, and that modern contraption, a television set, had me chuckling.  The wavy lines on the screen just about made identifiable images, yet I remember being glued to a similar wiggly picture(or even the test card!)  Of course, you younger people won’t have a clue what I’m talking about.

Many a parent was engaged in the ‘how and the why’ of the exhibits, and I was not the only one to exclaim in joy over a recognition.  I featured many of the museum pieces in a previous post, so I won’t dwell too long on the past.  What I do want to show you is the exhibition space.

This is devoted to the Cleveland College of Art and Design and I found it fascinating to view the screen sets and the student’s work.  This intriguing creature greeted me at the entrance.

What a work of imagination and craftsmanship!  Step inside with me.

Isn't this backdrop lovely?

Isn’t this backdrop lovely?

With amazing intricacy

With amazing intricacy

I hope that you like what you’ve seen so far, but now it’s your turn.  You must have a local museum or two?  I’d love to see inside.  After all, I can’t hang about in the open all Winter, now can I?

You might have seen A little something extra?  It gave all the details of Cleveland College of Art’s connection to the museum.  Some of the work is amazing.

Well, I’m off out into the cold again now.  See you soon!

72 comments

  1. what cool museum and I like how they featured the pieces of modern student artist work – the horse and the dress are standing out still in my head – I also liked learning about Muffin, but I do know what records are and still have a few in a box. 🙂
    okay, stay warm and have a great day.
    (p.s. I do have a walk with Jo coming this week – and it is also flashed back a little – with some civil war bullets!! – I will be back later to link it – )

    1. There was SO much to see! I spent much more time on my last visit but it’s a place you can go back to and still find new things. (and it was warm after the riverside walk 🙂 ) You must have done some posts on museums?

  2. Is this the beginning of a new challenge? Your museum shots are great, and so is your nostalgia. My indoor photos are often dark or full of unwanted reflections – a challenge for the year (I resolute with a friend this afternoon: an annual ritual, slightly tardy this year. I need to add photographic resolutions.)

    My mind is spinning with possible museums – one of my favourites is the apiculture museum in Radovljica in Slovenia.

    1. It did cross my mind, Meg 🙂 But the walks is as much as I can handle. I’m climbing steps at Whitby as we speak- on the blog, of course. It would make for an interesting series and I would be fascinated to see what you come up with 🙂

    1. I guess I’m a traditionalist, Paula 🙂 My Christmas tree is still up. But I don’t need any of the real thing. I’m quite happy with the picture postcards. 🙂
      Have I tempted you to venture into your Zagreb museums? I know it’s not your favourite thing, but much warmer than the park. Happy weekend, hon!

  3. A good way to spend some wintery time, Jo. And fun discoveries, too. We were at the Salvadore Dali Museum last month in St Petersburg, Florida and I plan to write on it. The bonus was that the sun was shining which is a must to enjoy this creative and whimsical building.

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