National Maritime Museum

A couple of weeks ago Cha guy and I decided to visit the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. I had spent most of my teen years in Greenwich and nearby Kidbrooke and Blackheath but had never visited the museum so it was quite exciting.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

On arrival I immediately recognised a large fresnel lens which had been used to amplify light from the Tarbat Ness Lighthouse in Scotland.

fresnel lens
fresnel lens

My interest in fresnel lenses comes from their use as a magnifying glass in flea circuses after I had found this amazing clip of performing fleas archive footage in the British Pathe catalogue
http://archivefootagepicks.com/2011/05/26/performing-fleas/

performing flea circus
performing flea circus

This link is from my archive footage blog, if you click on the picture it will take you to the video

I also managed to visit the ‘Voyager’ video installation that I had given archive footage advice on a few years ago and had been created by ‘The Light Surgeons’

Voyagers exhibition installation
Voyagers exhibition installation

Here are some more interesting exhibits.

Bulldog and Union Jack ship's figure
Bulldog and Union Jack ship’s figure
ship badges
ship badges
ship figures
ship figures
model ship
model ship

Afer wandering around the museum we decided to sit in Greenwich Park and do some sketching, here is my sketch of a fountain inside the herb garden.

Greenwich Park fountain sketch
Greenwich Park fountain sketch

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