Little_Mavis' rants and musings

Summer fun.


Visited the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford yesterday.


Encountered a mum with children doing a “discovery trail”. She was talking them, briskly, through the process.

” Right, what’s the next question…. Bamboo. Right, you’re looking for a bow made out of bamboo, can you see it, it will be in this case….no its not that one, that’s not bamboo is it? Yes. There. Right. Tick that. What’s next? Come on…..and they marched off.

We carried on sauntering slowly around the museum, finding bits that interested us. The witch in a bottle, the charms against disease, (the attendant showed us the mole’s foot that apparently protected against toothache)

I hope those children enjoyed their visit as much as I enjoyed mine.


Author: littlemavis

Retired teacher. (also Information Scientist, Export Sales Assistant, Sales Administrator, Computer Programmer, Software Support Specialist) Worked in Sixth Form college and recently as support in a primary school.

2 thoughts on “Summer fun.

  1. We do dash round a bit – I have a museum card for me and the children (we live in Holland). It depends on the museum. We take our time with things we like, and some of them are more ‘interactive’ than others. We did do the Van Gogh in half an hour though, as eldest wanted to go and just sort of fast walks while looking at them and only stops in front of ones he likes. He was a little annoyed that the sunflowers were not there, as they were on display in a London museum when we visited. He didn’t think that was fair. But they had painted a brilliant replica on the wall we took a photo of. We also did the Rijksmuseum (across the square from the Van Gogh in Amsterdam – and huge!) I had no idea Rembrandt’s Nightwatch was in there, but eldest son did! (he was 8 at the time) LOL

    • I can understand that. I tend to be faster in galleries than the rest of my family. In this case it wasn’t so much the dashing as the fact that she gave them no chance to actually work anything out for themselves. She was guiding them every step of the way. It all seemed over-controlling.

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