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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