Hmm, I wasn't sure this was going to be my cup of tea but it was certainly a 7 year old's cup of tea so I thought I'd post a few photos for any bloggers with Munchkins of their own who might like a trip. It is free entry now, after all.
Behind the beautiful, traditional facade, is a very modern building. There is a fab glass roof over the whole structure which means it is bathed in light. Hats off to the architect. This picture shows you the second level (first floor), looking down from the "Bridge", the top floor.
Most of the exhibits and galleries are on the ground floor. There are various "rooms" which you can wander through which tell tales of explorers venturing to the East and to the new world to find treasures and spices. One is decked out (ha ha) as if it is the bow of a ship; the children are asked to stand and look out as if looking into sea and imagine what is in the ocean. Alternatively, it would afford the perfect moment to recreate that Titanic scene with Leo and Kate!
The most enjoyable bit for me was the "Passengers" gallery which was all about cruise liners. There were lots of very large models of cruise liners both old and new, roomsets containing genuine vintage pieces, wonderful travelling trunks and so on. There were also lots of great vintage posters and artefacts (dinner china, menus etc.) from the ships of the '30s and '50s. Unfortunately, you were not allowed to take photos in the gallery.
The most exciting bit for the boys was the top floor, the "Bridge", recreating the command centre of a ship with lots of interactive activities.
"Come in, Captain!"
Apparently even more exciting was this:
Sadly, the flea market site in Greenwich was virtually deserted as the site is being closed and redeveloped in a few weeks time. I was happy to return home to cosy up on the sofa where this little lot was waiting for me...
I carried on finishing off a few bits today. Charlie-Boy evidently thought his tail could help with me with my bead selection!
Thank you so much for all your positive responses to my little brooches. I've enjoyed restocking my shop again! In the background, you can see the fabric I picked up in Cath K last week, one of her very pretty new designs.
Lots more hearts...
A few more leaves...