The director’s office

Some photos from The World Inside: 125 years of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, which is bunch of interesting things put on display together. Which there should be more of. I mean, themed exhibitions that draw out meanings about the world and present artefacts within a greater context are good, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a bunch of interesting things in one room.

Unfortunately, said interesting things are mostly in glass display cabinets with lots of small spotlights over head, and if you were to make a list of bad conditions for taking photos in, glass display cabinets with lots of small spotlights over head would have to rate somewhere near the top. Also, it was only a quick visit. But it gives you an idea of the sorts of interesthing things that were there.

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Someone really needs to put together an exhibition of things casting shadows on the wall. (The skeleton of a dolphin that rather foolishly made its way up the Tamar c.1900.)

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Ivory, but I seem to recall they were from something other than elephants, at least some of them. Walrus?

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You are being watched. More for the shadow collection

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Things the Romans lost in Britain nearly 2000 years ago.

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Roman oil lamps.

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Some of the exhibits have their original tags, which are interesting.

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The right label is hard to read so:

Head of a Mummy
Over two thousand six hundred years old.
This man lived in the reign of Rameses III
–700 B.C.–
Given by Lady Dry

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I think this is a good way to display lantern slides.

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When aluminium foil goes bad!
Or a tin splash from Mt Bischoff.
You decide.

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This is a REALLY BIG chunk of crocoite.

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So it gets a second photo to admire it’s bigness. (Just imagine it being a darker orange, more like this.)

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To finish off, another REALLY BIG CHUNK of King Billy pine. Unfortunately, a lack of anything to use for scale makes it look smaller.

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So have a close-up instead.

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