Tuesday 31st January – fourth walk of 2012.

We met at Charing Cross this week and got the District Underground Line to South Kensington to go to the V & A and take part in a guided tour of the Museum. The tours are free and run every hour.  We had quite a wait for the next tour so we decided go to the William Morris Tea Room for a coffee. I always enjoy a visit to the Tea Room as the decoration on floors, walls and ceilings is beautiful and with the addition of the modern facilities, which have been well designed, it gives a good atmosphere to enjoy food and drink.

Back at Reception we joined the tour and our guide, David, told us it would last one hour and he would give us a small glimpse of some of the exhibits the Museum.  We started in the Medieval and Renaissance section, then moved through the Scuplture, Indian and Asian sections.  Our guide was very interesting giving just enough information about the exhibits. Among the items we saw were, a cross from York dated around 1300, an alter gate from Chichester Cathedral, a carpet from Iran, lanterns from Persia and copies of many scultures from Italy. 

In the Indian section we saw Tipu’s Tiger which is one of the prized items in the Museum.  On the way around David gave us some interesting information on the history of the museum and the work carried out by them.

While at the museum we went to view the Golden Spider cape.  This has taken eight years to complete and has been made with the gold silk web from the Golden Spider that is native to Madagascar.  This is a beautiful garment and the work involed in weaving and decorating is amazing.

The day was very interesting and enjoyable.  We were all very impressed with the tour. It was busy and lively in the Museum with many school children and tourists. It was good to see people making good use of such a wonderful Museum.

A walk is planned for next week.

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