What to make of a museum full of stuffed animals? Well if I was a Zoologist I guess I might use it as a resource for research it to comparative species size? Perhaps. If I was the parent of a child home from school at half term I might use it as a day out to keep them away from their phones – yes even preschool kids seem to have access to smartphones.
However, if you a crusty old so and so like myself you might find the whole experience very very depressing. I know we are not supposed to transpose our views on the 19th and early part of the 20th century. They were different times and they had different views about things. I tried I really did but I just couldn’t. Many of these animals died so that a rich man could look at them in his own museum. I know he was also carrying out scientific research at the same time but I didn’t feel at ease walking through the displays with all those glass eyes looking at me knowing why the animals they once were died.
Then we came to the primates and my heart really sank. I felt like George Taylor walking through the Ape’s museum.
I suspect I was in the minority as most of the visitors seemed to find the whole experience really rewarding. Be that as it may I didn’t. So if you want to visit the Natural History Museum at Tring then please do so and you may well enjoy yourself. If that is the case well I am happy for you. I doubt I will ever go back again….although they are hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in November so perhaps never say never.
In other news the same old Brexit shit is going on….perhaps we are all stuck in a glass case…repeating the same Diorama over and over again.