Saturday, July 17, 2010

Natural History Museum

Nice to be able to say something nice!

Last Thursday, totally unannounced, I turned up in South Kensington and asked to see the British Butterfly collection. Apologetic that there was nothing on display, I was escorted by two delightful members of staff into the bowels of the Museum, where the Rothschild collection is housed in a vast modern compactum, carefully tended by respectful entomologists. I spent a very happy hour disturbing their researches and pestering them with questions - good to see it all in such good condition, in spite of the Lonely Planet proudly declaring that "the Musuem has long ago discarded the dusty cabinets of butterflies in favour of new, exciting, interactive exhibits."

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