It's an amazing place filled to the brim with curiosities from all over the world. Inside the light is dim. Much darker than the picture above in which my camera made things look far brighter, compensating for the lack of light. A kind light for the old things and just right to add to the atmosphere. There was so much to photograph and look at and read and on top of that there were drawers underneath filled with even more secret wonders! To be honest I would have been happy just staying in here all day with a notebook and pencil sketching and writing. Anyway here are a few of the things that I took pictures of. Things that jumped out and spoke to me.
Ornate keys which made me wonder about their stories. Which doors had they opened? Who had been their keepers?
Above, the small paws of a poor mole, cut off while still alive. It's feet kept in the pocket of a man, as a cure for toothache! I am fascinated by the past and things such as this, but I'm so glad that we have progressed with cures for toothache these days. I'm sure the mole would be too!
If you suffered from warts, then the charm below would have been for you...
"Charm for warts Oxfordshire~ Go out alone and find a large black slug. Secretly rub the underside on the warts and impale the slug and thorn. As the slug dies the warts will go"
This little bird made me feel sad.
I loved the colours and designs of these old playing cards
And was particularly attracted to all the things depicting animals of course.
It was very atmospheric in the museum and some of the things such as the shrunken heads, weapons and ancient surgical instruments were rather unnerving. It made us wonder what it would be like to stay the night, or be there in the dark surrounded by all of these objects that hold the spirit and ghosts of people. Then I found this video showing the museum viewed by torchlight, which I thought you might like to see.
I gazed in awe, as I always do, at the beauty of mother natures creations in the natural history part of the museum.
We were lucky that the day was dry and warm. There were lots of ladybirds flying around the old university buildings. On their way to look for a good sleeping places for winter I expect, which I'm sure they will find among the many stone buildings here.