Monday, 12 August 2013

What's the Story?

We are lucky enough to live near the extremely bizarre Walter Rothschild Museum, an outpost of the National History Museum.

Long story short, Lord Rothschild (1868-1937) was an eccentric zoologist who travelled the world collecting animals.

There are pictures of him with zebras harnessed up to a carriage - the story goes that he took them to Buckingham Palace to prove that zebras could be tamed.

His legacy is a gorgeous Victorian building stuffed (no pun intended) to the rafters with animals, birds, insects and every other kind of living creature you can imagine.

And because they are all dead (stuffed by taxidermists a century or more ago) it means little kids can get really close and see the detail of feathers, claws and fur.


Mostly they are behind glass but there's a badger out for kids to get up close and personal.  My "what's the story?" picture this week is from a recent visit to the (free) museum when Grumpy stopped mid hurtle (long corridors make for good hurtling) to stop and admire this badger while I had a sit down!.
Grumpy was fascinated by the texture of the fur, and the animal's  shiny claws and spent quite a while "chatting" to his new dead friend.


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8 comments:

  1. Oh I hate stuffed animals! But I bet my boys would be fascinated too x

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    1. It's a bit creepy but fascinating - especially all the stuffed pet dogs - it was very trendy in Victorian times to get your pet stuffed and loads have been donated by less-keen relatives!

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  2. Lucas loves this museum too but thinks the animals are frozen!!!!! We'll have to meet up there together soon xx

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    1. Grumpy starts school in sept but happy to meet you and Lucas for a wander and a culpa

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  3. Wow this sounds brilliant, POD would love it! It sounds like there is loads to see there and great you can get up close as well. Grumpy seems to be in awe of that badger! Thank you for linking up with #whatsthestory

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  4. Oooh this is cool! Sounds like a place my children would really enjoy!! xx
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  5. It's great, It's free and Tring town is nice for a wander too. In hols they organise all sorts of extra activities for a few pounds but it gets rammed so if you can, visit in school hours! There's a v small cafe and a nice picnic area. Newly buggy/wheelchair friendly. They loan out activity sheets and colouring pads and things for free which my older kids love. Look out for the dressed fleas!

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