Category Archives: Travels

Blaschka glass models at the Natural History Museum

At a recent visit behind the scenes at London’s Natural History Museum I was thrilled to meet senior curator and sponge expert Miranda Lowe, who led us into her domain past a dome filled with Venus Flower basket sponges. ‘This was a favourite of David … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes in 3 specimen preservation departments of the Natural History Museum, London

The Grant Museum‘s annual outing for 2016 was a visit behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum in some of its specimen preservation departments,  guided by six experts in their field.  We were divided up into groups of about ten, including Jack Ashby … Continue reading

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10 pages of interesting things – notebooks June and July 2016

June and July seem to have been a busy month for me, with travel, workshops, visits and investigations … and more to come as it’s still July …

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Weekend visit to Lyme Regis, Dorset weekend

It wasn’t surprising the floor of my room sloped and creaked – the house was partly constructed of ancient ships’ timbers, and one windy night it felt like my bedroom was straining at its moorings.  My room was scented by a vase … Continue reading

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Visit to Creswell Crags, Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire.

Last weekend visited Creswell Crags, ancient caves carved out of a limestone gorge.   Wonderful strapline for the visitor centre: Inspiring visitors for 50,ooo years.  There’s a drawing of a horse scratched onto a fragment of rib bone and evidence that mammoth, hyena, wolf, reindeer and … Continue reading

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Sally Kindberg at Lakes International Comic Art Festival

What an amazing weekend at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival!  Fantastic comic makers, films, live drawing events, talks and unexpected meetings.  Spent saturday afternoon encouraging families to hatch dinosaur eggs (as you do) at my workshops in Kendal’s Westmoreland Shopping Centre. … Continue reading

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Drawing with children (and a dinosaur) in the Outer Hebrides

See below for images from my working visit to the Isle of Lewis and Harris …

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Margate – Dreamland, Wall of Death and Turner’s paintbox

  Visit to the seaside and Turner Contemporary to see Grayson Perry again, distracted by JMW Turner‘s paintbox crammed with everything an artist might need including a spot of morphia to treat a pesky stomach ache.  As I had one at … Continue reading

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Sally Kindberg’s visit to Keswick in the Lake District.

Last week I ran three days of workshops at Keswick’s quirky and fascinating Pencil Museum (see previous blog post) housed in what had been the pencil factory’s canteen.  The empty factory still stands, looking very dilapidated – pencils are produced in a different part of Cumbria now … Continue reading

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Sally Kindberg’s workshops at the Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria

Why did visitors from a black and white planet travel to Keswick’s Pencil Museum?  Did they have designs on the fantastic range of crayons in its shop, or have an eye (or three) on the longest coloured pencil  in the world (7.9m btw) on display?  This was … Continue reading

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