When this place was built, it was not only a beautiful building, but filled with wondrous things.
Then they closed the front door forever, built a library round the back and a winter garden and filled that with a forest and tacky plastic dinosaurs and the things inside are less wonderful.
I suppose the grand front entrance was shut because it won’t access wheelchairs but it just spoils the whole effect.
I think they had to get rid of the stuffed walrus, the one that inspired Lewis Carroll’s poem, and the bit that’s left (head and tusk) is behind a glass partition next to a stuffed tiger!
Not as inspiring as it was.
Although the shiny helmet on the deep sea diver always gets me wanting to take it’s snap!
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