Sherlock Holmes Museum

May 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | Leave a comment
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The Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street is only for the aficionado all others would do well to steer clear. I’ll preface this review by saying I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes so that may colour my impressions.

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The museum is spread out over several floors with each room set up as a different room in Holmes’ home with signs identifying who lived in each one. The top floor features some mannequins showing some scenes from the books.

Meanwhile on the first floor landing you may encounter “Dr Watson”. The actor engages visitors with chatter and attempts to be friendly. Personally I found it grating especially after he asked to see my ticket (something he didn’t ask of others). I realise I’m currently an unemployed lout but it was very off putting.

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Each room has bric a brac that presumably would be recognisable to a smart Sherlock but my lack of knowledge of the literature and the limited information sheets meant that I had wandered the entire museum in under 20 minutes. At a cost of £6 this was most definitely not worth it.

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If you have a familiarity with the books you might want to have a look but there are plenty of better things to do in London.

Cuming Museum

May 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | Leave a comment
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In South London you’ll find the Cuming Museum. It wasn’t until it appeared in a list of London’s most underrated museums that I became aware of the Cuming. Frankly, it should have stayed off.

That’s not to say it’s bad. It has some interesting things like a sample of the Cuming Family collection of artefacts from around the world. The family didn’t buy them overseas rather purchased them all at auction in London between 1780-1902. The collection was subsequently donated to the local government. The items are in their own way interesting but similar items (in larger number) can be found at other museums throughout London.

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Besides the Cuming collection you’ll find a room filled with a history of Southwark, its people and it modern developments. The curators have tried to make the most of the small space, utilising drawers and what not but felt rather unsatisfied with the content and display.

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The last section is a temporary gallery space with a changing rotation of exhibits.

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The museum is beneficial to local people (appropriate given it is a local government museum) but if you’re not South London/ Elephant and Castle based it can be missed without a second thought.

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