Day 14: “Write about your favourite museum, museum collection, or museum object.”
A no-brainer this, but I have 2, not 1.
Firstly, my local one: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. As a kid, there was nothing much to do other than go to the galleries at the weekend. Free, dry, and [to me] very very interesting. I always loved the Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
“Birmingham Museums Trust holds the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world, numbering over 3000 paintings, drawings, prints and examples of decorative art and design.” [from the museum website]
They have never had an extensive collection of costumes, but I’ve mentioned before the time when they hosted the costume exhibition from ‘The six wives of Henry VIII’. They periodically display the Holy Grail Tapestries, which are well worth a visit.
Plenty of costume eye-candy, as well as the intricately wrapped Egyptian mummy [I used to love scaring my younger brother and sister in the Egyptian gallery] and some wonderful stained glass. There used to be a fantastic Natural History section, but alas, no more.
My second favourite museum is, nor surprisingly, the V&A. I can drift around the costume exhibitions for many happy hours. Beautiful, and inspiring.
Here’s one of my all-time favourite paintings from the Birmingham collection- I have a large framed print of this in my living room. I may make myself a copy of this outfit…