National Mining Museum

I’ve been pleading to go to Scotland’s National Mining Museum for a while now, and last week I finally persuaded the rest of the family.

The TripAdvisor reviews are good, and I have to say it lived up to our expectations – exceeded them in fact.

It’s really well designed around kids – lots of interactive stuff in the exhibitions, lots of space to run around in, a free bouncy castle, and a great soft play (additional fee for this) and playground next to the cafe.  Apparently the guided tours of the colliery are excellent too but that’s maybe something for when the kids are older.

Ben most enjoyed operating the machinery and pressing buttons.

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Ellie most enjoyed the bouncy castle and looking for cats.

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And all of us enjoyed dressing up!

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Bits of London

I was in London with work this work. Here’s some bits and bobs of what I managed to see while I was there.

This is a new sculpture at Aldgate, commemorating Geoffrey Chaucer. There’s some interesting information about it here. Apparently there’s an owl somewhere in the rafters but I only found that out later.

'Paleys Upon Pilers' Sculpture at Aldgate

‘Paleys Upon Pilers’ Sculpture at Aldgate

On Tuesday I visited the John Sloane Museum for their once-a-month candlelit evening opening. It’s an eclectic collection of Roman/Egyptian artefacts and Victorian narrative paintings set in a mini-architectural maze. Quite wonderful and well worth the visit. Unfortunately they don’t let you take a camera inside, but you can browse some pictures here if you like.

John Sloane Museum

John Sloane Museum

And here’s some of the more ‘famous’ sights from near Tower Gateway where I was staying.