I took time out today to visit Portsmouth City Museum and in particular the Birds, Beast and Bugs exhibition. I have a great interest in the craft of taxidermy, perhaps a bit more of an unusual craft than knitting but amazing nonetheless.
Most of the exhibition was collected by Henry Guermonprez in the 19th Century and lots the animals and jars have beautiful little hand written notes by Henry. There are also sweet intricate paintings and drawings by him as well as activities for children. I rather enjoyed the jars containing snakes, octopus and mice. More photos here.
Bugs are fascinating close up, but preferably with a layer of glass between me and them. Having seen the Flickr photos, I’ll have to make my first Museum visit for quite a while !
the stuff in jars is the best dont go looking on a full stomach!