Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Ancient House


Ancient House, Thetford. No, honestly, the museum is called just that, Ancient House. I know it's not very imaginatively named, but this is Norfolk. Anyway, here I can entertain my passions for windows, walls and doors. I would be very happy if you were to enjoy them, too.


Otto and Tiberius, not so much.

I thought they were a little out of keeping with the Tudor mood. I mean, sticking into the old lobby of the Ancient House the busts of two Roman emperors struck me as downright odd. Just because the Earl of Arlington brought them back as souvenirs from his holidays then stuck them on top of the building opposite doesn't mean now you have to shove them atop a couple of coffins in the lobby. It seemed to suggest to me you're cursed with them and you can't think of anywhere else to put them.

And it's only because he's posh that they're in the museum at all, let's face it. If I offered you the wooden Ganesh I brought back from my holidays in 1992, you wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.

Apart from Otto and Tiberius then, pleasing.





3 comments:

Angela Manton said...

We've enjoyed a few home ed visits tagged onto back of school groups at ancient house back in our days of living cambridgeshire/norfolk.borders.

Grit said...

hi Angela! any recommendations for home ed on this stretch to north norfolk, kings lynn and over to peterboro happily taken!

kelly said...

We braved our new local museum after getting less than positive reports from others.

It was actually rather good, with the added bonus of turning a corner to come face to face with a mannequin set displaying the local witch hangings complete with scary sounds....which led to my four year old shrieking from the room.