Thursday, 26 September 2013
The Victoria & Albert Museum
We decided on the actual date of the trip a few days before - the perfect amount of planning time to make it all run smoothly, but not so much that you start planning in circles.
The train journey was fine both ways, we found seats though not all together, Papacrow & I dividing and conquering.
The pictures really don't do it all justice - I was utterly blown away. We entered into the sculpture hall and there are Rodins! RODINS! Sitting around on plinths! No glass cases or anything!
We only really managed a tiny corner and will definitely go back. We didn't even get off the ground floor!
We had a wonderful time, touring the Japan, China, Islamic Middle East, Medieval & Renaissance galleries as well as the initial sculpture hall and the beautiful courtyard with the John Madejski designed water feature - an oval of shallow water lined with beautiful tile work, surrounded with steps that meld in and out of the ground, punctuated by little water jets. Everyone sits on the steps to eat their sandwiches.
The place was full but incredibly peaceful somehow... Several school trips but the children were all at least secondary school age or older, sitting around sketching things. It made me want to run away from home and join Art College, then play hooky from all the classes and spend all my days in the V&A!
We also all agreed it would be wonderful to house sit for someone in London for a fortnight and just 'do' all the (free!) museums - the V&A, the British Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The War Museum, Greenwich Maritime Museum, the Art Galleries... It would be the London Free Museums Curriculum!