Exploring: Perrott’s Folly

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Last week, as part of the Hidden Spaces project (in conjunction with Two Towers Brewery), I got to go along to explore the inside of one of the city’s seldom seen historic buildings: Perrott’s Folly.

Originally built in 1758 it once stood in a country hunting park but now overlooks a mixture of Victorian and 20th century housing, within sight of Edgbaston reservoir. It’s a slightly strange sight, huddled on a suburban street but the crumbling interior still manages to evoke a sense of past grandeur.

Here’s what I saw:

Exploring: What I learned in the National Museum of Scotland

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The National Museum of Scotland, set in the heart of Edinburgh, is a veritable treasure trove of interesting objects and specimens from around the world.

Naional Museum of Scotland 2 copyHere’s what I learned when I visited last week:

– Silver, as a naturally occurring mineral, can grow into beautiful leafy dendritic crystal structures and coiling, wiry masses like this:

silver wire– In 1843 it was acceptable to ask Whalers to bring you back bone samples for your collections. But you had to remember to tell them not to carve things on them during the long voyage home:

Whale Jaw Bone with Scrimshaw, National Museum of Scotland– Birmingham was home to one of the country’s only specialists in lighthouse light construction: glassmakers Chance & Co

– The Museum houses a large collection of the internal workings from Lighthouses, and companies like Chance and Co made their construction into an art form:

ImageGen– The Flapjack Octopus is incredibly cute.