The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

February 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Posted in General, London, museum, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | 1 Comment
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Located near Euston and within the University College London is the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. It’s free to enter and open Tuesday to Saturday. When you reach the entrance you’ll need to press a buzzer and wait for someone to come down and let you in.

The museum houses a wide collection of pieces from across Ancient Egypt. As you enter you’ll walk through a row of cases with wall fragments and stones covered in hieroglyphs. The complexity and intricacy of the work is fascinating and I’m sure it would be horrific for a scribe to make a mistake! Also on this main floor are a number of display cases featuring daily life objects from early fabrics to cosmetics.

The lower floor predominantly houses a variety of ceramics and sculptures. There’s a sign advising that due to the darkness of the museum it would be wise to use one of the complimentary flashlights. Not only were there no flashlights available but it wasn’t particularly dark. Unless we missed an entire wing!

There is some information associated with each section but not a great deal for specific items; possibly this was less necessary when the museum was predominantly used by knowledgeable historians.

The museum is reasonably small and easy to navigate. I think that for the most part only those with a love of history and Egypt will get much out of it. Although having said that we did see several families with small children walking around and they seemed interested in the bits and pieces.

Pollocks Toy Museum

February 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Posted in General, London, museum, Out and About, Random, Tourism, Travel, UK | 1 Comment
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Located in a side street near Goodge Street tube is the small and quaint Pollocks Toy Museum. The outside of the museum and toy shop looks a little run down but the staff seemed cheery. Although that could be because we were paying £5 (adult) to enter the museum.

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The museum is located above the shop and via some occasionally cramped stairwells. Many of the exhibits and all of the rooms offer a synopsis of the content.

Generally the displays are most suited for those of a certain age and interest in older toys. The bulk is focused on dolls and dollhouses with a few sections on games and other assorted turn of the century children’s toys. Rather incongruously we noticed in one case a Kellogg’s Rice Bubbles Box with a Phantom Menace Game on the back.

While some of the pieces were interesting it wasn’t something I’d recommend unless you particularly like dolls. Nonetheless there was a stream of people coming in, mainly families with small children and retirees.

Personally, I think the museum would benefit by giving up some shelf space to some more recent toys from the 60s to the present, which would help to diversify the age of visitors.

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