Marvels of Ipswich, Part I

I made a long anticipated, long overdue visit to Ipswich Museum. It is one of those regional treasures, crammed with original Victorian enthusiasm for building a monument to share the wonders of the world with all members of the public. The entrance hall alone is awe inspiring. Photos really can't do it justice, so I engaged a very talented artist* to try to share the beauty of the exhibition hall. Yes, that's a giraffe! Next to him is a rhino, and a case of gorillas, and in front of him, a whole woolly mammoth! You might just spot a very handsome lion at the back, looking over at a zebra and kudu, with a leopard looking over his shoulder. And walls and walls of taxidermy cases, with their w

Odd things I've overheard

When you hang around museums and their interesting people, you hear some odd things. Most of these raise more questions than they answer. Me to a fellow artist: "You have the best collection of mummified rats I've ever seen. Even better than mine." At a folk museum: "We need your help. Everything seems to have gone wrong since a foursome, when the other couple left us this... we think it is cursed." Over coffee: "You have to consider when the beheading happened. It's difficult to know if it was just before or after death, but if they were dug up to be beheaded a couple of years after death, you'll find the teeth left in the ground where the head originally lay." Friend describing a child's r

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