There’s a lot of photos in this post!
A few weeks back I went to the British Museum on yet another date with CB (whose bored yet?). My friends were teasing me as large museums are about as “standard date” as it gets for us; I may as well have suggested we meet at Pizza Express in 2001. However, when I saw my Uncle a few weeks later he said that’s about the coolest date he could think of, so I guess it’s a matter of perspective.
The British Museum is essentially just a collection of stuff the Brits have stolen, and I’ve always found it one of the least welcoming London museums: few maps; very basic signage; the occasionally harassed looking member of staff, most of whom seem very unhappy to be there. It probably doesn’t help that Britain’s murky colonial history looms around every corner. Even on a practical level all the stone in the building mean it’s cold temperature wise (probably what’s upsetting the staff).
Niggles aside, it’s at least one of those places where there’s something for everybody because the collections are just so diverse; I’m a magpie for the gold and jewels and CB spent quite a long time looking at the taxidermy and natural history collections too. I was also trying out my new lens and for some reason a lot of the photos are SUPER-grainy :(. Any photographer readers got any ideas as to why? If you’ve been to the British Museum I’d love to know if your thoughts were similar to mine!