You can also see what's in the archives at the Victoria and Albert.
You just have to ask them in advance and they will pull out what
interests you in terms of scientific illustration. They like to know
a day in advance and no one seems to be around during the lunch hour.
On Sep 24, 2006, at 9:28 PM, Kathleen Garness wrote:
> If you like gardens, Wisley is a nice one to see. I don't remember
> how far it is outside of London. Also loved the time museum in
> Greenwich - just a short drive from downtown London, or the buses go
> there, I believe. You can spend days at the British Museum. You can
> also check to see if any of Beatrix Potter's wonderful studies of
> fungi and other natural illustration work is in London. There used to
> be some in the Victoria and Albert but I'm not sure if ithey're still
> there. Oops - I just googled- they're mostly in Cumbria in the very
> picturesque Lake District in the far northwest, quite a bit of a
> distance away. Sorry. If you have a car and time, tho it's definitely
> charming. Kew is cool, very cool! England is actually quite small so
> even what looks like a long drive is a manageable day trip.
> My favorite place there was the drive from London to Stonehenge to
> Salisbury. But now Stonehenge is all fenced off and the feel of the
> place is ruined by that horror... The Tate is also very much worth a
> visit and the walk along the Thames is very lovely.
> "We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is
> not ours to erase." - David Suzuki, scientist/author/environmentalist
> On Sep 24, 2006, at 5:18 PM, chris gralapp wrote:
>> Hi Geoff and all,
>> Ever since I saw the book ' Meetings with Remarkable Trees' by Thomas
>> Pakenham, I have been very interested in experiencing some of these
>> trees. Many were brought to England by explorers expressly for large
>> estates in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and have been
>> ever since into mammoth beings. Many are incorporated into
>> buildings and
>> structures, have Victorian tree houses in them, and are so big they
>> rooms inside the trunks. They are dotted all over Britain, but Kew
>> has a
>> concentration of remarkable trees, and I must make a pilgrimmage to
>> some of
>> them, rain or shine!
>> Thanks for the Kew site!
>> PS< if amyone else has suggestions about London or environs--let me
>> know--we will be staying within walking distance of the British
>> whatever neighborhood that might be.
>> Chris Gralapp, MA, CMI
>> Medical and Scientific Illustration
>> 415 454-6567
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