Re: So let's say you're going to be in England....
- --- In email@example.com, "Terafan Greydragon" <terafan@g...> wrote:
> Additionally, if you coordinate with the V&A *now*, you might be able toOn our trip in 2003 we had a tour of the storage facility (by appointment). They were very
> make an appointment to go to their stores building to see the famous chest
> (with the three different chip carved roundels).
helpful and cooperative, but obviously they are also extremely security conscious. They
allowed photographs as long as they were for private use only.
In London, I also strongly recommend a visit to the Museum of London. The Tower of
London as some nice period furniture in the Raleigh apartments, though you can't access
it very closely. There's some nice stuff at Hampton Court Palace, though photography is
only permitted in the kitchens.
I also strongly suggest the Weald and Downland museum. It's an easy daytrip out of
London by train, and consists of historic structures that have been relocated to an open air
museum, many of them filled with reconstruction furniture. Because it's reconstruction,
they don't mind at all if you play with it. Check their website, they also occasionally offer
some very cool classes, including one on 16th century furniture-making trades taught by
The Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth is also well worth a visit. It too can be done as a
daytrip out of London by train.
We did Portobello Road on a Saturday morning, and most of the tools (and much stuff in
general) was overpriced and not in very good shape if you're looking for working tools and
not collector objects. I've been told you'll do better outside of London, where everything
tends to be expensive.
If you can, York is a great town for a day or two. There's some nice furniture in the Minster
and the Jorvik exhibit is fun. The Merchant hall was closed when we were there, I'm told
they have some nice bits. Don't overlook the Yorkshire Museum either, several nice pieces
of early bowls and misc. woodbits. Nice bookshops too.