Tuesday 7th May – 14th meeting of 2013
Our usual meeting place at Charing Cross and due to a fall by one of our ladies, we were one missing this week.
We got the District line to South Kensington and walked through the tunnel to Victoria and Albert Museum. This is always a busy journey with many school children on trips and tourists from far and wide.
We already had are timed entry tickets for 12.30 for the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition so we went to our favourite William Morris tea rooms. This was unusually quiet today. Over our coffees we had a small A.G.M. to sort out the next few weeks!
At the entrance of the exhibition we were all given an audio guide. This was controlled centrally and we were told it would change automatically as we went around the exhibition. I must say that my system started off alright but did repeat bits in the wrong places although on the whole was ok! It gave stories, music tracks, conversations and information that related to the exhibits. Divided into two sections, the first part showed David Bowie’s early years and the second part up to the present day.
It was a very technical exhibition. Lots of video pictures shown all around walls and many small exhibits covering all aspects of Bowie’s life and his influences. There were handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photographs, films, music, set designs and some of his instruments on show. A small cinema screen showed extracts from his films and I must say I wasn’t aware that he had been involved in any films. At the end of the exhibition was a large area showing many of his musical videos and showed lots of his stage costumes.
Personally, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I found it very confusing and not well laid out also there were many people there which meant there was lots of waiting around. But I must add that many people were really enjoying it and they were obviously real Bowie fans!
We made our way home in lovely warm sunshine, which was a bonus!