Now I am home after my various trips it is time to continue with my 'Above the Underground' challenge. With just 5 stations left to visit on the Central line I am determined to complete this line in the next couple of months. If you want to read about the 45th station I've just visited click here
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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Monday, 15 May 2017
The Design Museum at Shad Thames closed in June 2016 and moved to its new location in Kensington High Street in Nov 2016. Its new home is the former Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park. I was very keen to see how this building, which was opened in 1962, had been remodelled to accommodate the Design Museum. I visited The Commonwealth Institute in the early 70s. It contained a permanent exhibition about the nations of the Commonwealth and information about how the Commonwealth operated. My impressions of the building remained with me as a huge space that was difficult to fill.
The building had become derelict in recent years due to the enormous cost of extensive modernisation and it was eventually sold in 2002. Major funding contributions from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sir Terence Comran meant that the building would be saved and brought to life again. It also means that for the first time access to the Design Museum will be free. It has taken four years to complete the work giving the Design Museum three times more exhibition space as well as more areas to extend its learning programme. So come inside and see what you think.
As you enter the building you are confronted by this large open space giving you glimpses of the roof.
There are balconies overlooking the foyer.
A large stairway takes you up to the galleries.
Before entering the main gallery there is a display of everyday objects nominated by members of the public because they are important or special in some way.
Other items that caught my eye included this piece of felt. This is what's left after tennis balls have been cut out.
With my interest in the Underground then this map has to be my favourite design.
Friday, 12 May 2017
This is our 7th and last day of walking. Paul only just made it back across the road for the obligatory, morning group photo.
Despite the forecast we started walking under a blue sky although much colder than on previous days but that doesn't matter when you are walking. We saw the better side of the village today. This is St Oswald's church but look at the sign on the pavement.
A short walk to the shore of the Lake and then it was something to eat in a local tea shop before checking in to our hotel for the night.
Thank-you to gentleman Jim who led the way without a map or gizmo, just an expert signpost spotter and gate opener.
Thank-you Paul for your expert map reading and your happy demeanor no matter how much ribbing you had to take from me.
Thank-you to Tim, our gizmo man, who kept a check on our mileage as well as having responsibility for closing all the gates behind us.
A huge thank-you to Steve for organising the trip and arranging the accommodation and many apologies for never listening when you were reading the guide book to us!
And finally a very special thank-you to Tina for being a terrific room mate.