the museum collections

Shoes and dresses through the times

Displayed as children press their noses

And their sticky fingers up against the glass,

Not understanding who this item

Once belonged to, someone huge –

World reknowned. But how strange it is

To see their ash tray from a tour,

A pair of socks from Glastonbury

Or a cufflink from the biggest royal banquet.

I love going to museums when they have weird and wonderful exhibits on, the more strange the better as far as I’m concerned. If I can find a museum where they have the history of shoes or clocks or celebrity underwear, then I am there in a heartbeat. I love that feeling that I have a connection to somebody famous because I’m close to something that they once owned. I once saw a clock that was owned by Marie Antoinette and I had actual goosebumps.

There is a museum near where I live that has a homes through history section and you can see the progression of things like vacuum cleaners through time. It’s particularly fun when you find an item that you used to own. They have a teasmaid on display that I remember my parents having back in the 80’s.

It just makes you feel really old when you realise that things you once owned are now old enough to feature in a museum exhibit!

Much Love

Rachel xx

2 thoughts on “the museum collections

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I love places like that, too, Rachel. You feel such a connection with those people, and I find that fascinating. I had a heartbreaking experience of that when I visited the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam. There are things of hers there, and pictures of movie idols that she cut out and pasted on the wall, and it’s just so human that it’s impossible not to want to cry.

  2. Greg Dennison

    At the university that I attended (which my fictitious University of Jeromeville is based on), the building where the computer science department is located has a small museum-like exhibit in the lobby of old computers, and I remember some of them from childhood…

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