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Hornimans Museum & Gardens

May 23, 2010

Hornimans Museum was one man's dream, and he fulfilled it. Fredrick John Horniman was a tea trader who started collecting Natural History and other artifacts from all over the world for his family home in southeast London in 1860. However his collection outgrew his home, so he had a new Museum designed and built in 1898, which was opened to the Public in 1901. At first it was for Natural History specimens and musical instruments, but he acquired art & crafts, fossils and Egyptian mummies. He donated the museum and gardens to the people of London, "as a free gift to the people of London forever for their recreation, instruction and enjoyment." It is now as it was then, a free museum and gardens.

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Name: Jan - Charleys Girl
On FB as Janice Harrod
May 23, 2010 3:11 PM CST
Neil, Thank you so much for sending me this link to take the tours of all these places. This is amazing to see! I'm Forever in your debt. I'm able to take my time and look all I want to and imagine being there also. Thank you so much!
Name: Neil
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May 23, 2010 11:26 PM CST
Dear Jan, it is always a pleasure to take some decent photos and share them! Most people have never heard of this beautiful place, that is apart from the cafe and shop totally free!
How wonderful to be able to walk around the Museum & Gardens and use their facilities for research if you so wish! Free of charge again I hasten to add, we are indeed very lucky!
I think the environmental issues that the school children are taught is a way forward, in fact the only way if Humans have any hope of survival at all.
For to see a Tiger that is now extinct is to me a heart rendering moment, and indeed makes the children and myself ask why?
I am going to the Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday and am growing (no pun intended), most concerned! For they have broken a record with 100,000+ different plant species in one place, including your beloved Orchids! Don't worry Jan you will be shocked as I have only 35,000 photos to take that my batteries will allow. But you will not be forgotten!
I watched the TV guide to Chelsea last night and despite the press claims because of the financial crisis, it is stunning, as usual. That is why it is simply the best in the world!
Then there is Hampton Court Flower Show and many others! Plus as William Conqueror in 1066 built 1000 Castles alone, then some of the over untold numbers that were built since. Including Arundel that was built in 1931!
So I am hoping I can find a Castle Cherie likes. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Then there is my cooking to do, which I have not done as I cannot eat anything and am off to the Hospital today!
Kindest Regards.
p.s. one of Sarah's Foxgloves, they are a weed here!

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Name: Jan - Charleys Girl
On FB as Janice Harrod
May 24, 2010 6:21 AM CST
I pray all will be good at the hospital today and come back safe and healthy. I look forward to all your photos and naration of the sites. I can hardly wait to see everything. These are places I could only dream of seeing and you are making it so real for us all. Bless you. Have a wonderful week.

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