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Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspector Lewis at the Oxford Natural History Museum: Part 3

In “Down Among the Fearful,” the way a postgraduate student was murdered leads Lewis and Hathaway to the Oxford Natural History Museum.  There they speak with a man named Kanan Dutta, an advocate for Euthanasia, who has an office off the second floor landing.  Then they walk down hallways that overlook the displays on the museum floor.

I loved all the museum's architectural features.  I was particularly intrigued by the columns lining the second floor landing.  Each is carved from a different type of stone.  Altogether, they represent the mineral diversity of the United Kingdom.

Porphyrite from Scotland

Schorl Rock from Carnmoor, Cornwall

Ophicalcite (Serpentine) from Connemara, Ireland

The museum is closed right now, as work is being done to its roof.  It’ll be interesting to see how the museum looks on our next visit, when that process is complete.  I wonder how the new roof may change the overall look of the interior, if I’ll see any new notable aspects to the interior architecture, and how the exhibits may have been changed. 

If you've enjoyed this brief tour of the Oxford Natural History Museum, I hope you get to go there some day.  Personally, I can’t wait to return!

Dragon (Dino-lovin’) Dave

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