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20 May 2009 @ 11:23 pm
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I can't believe I forgot to post these! A couple of months ago my uni ran a small workshop where we went to the Botany archives at Manchester Museum. This is a place the public doesn't usually see as it's behind the scenes, way up in the roof of the building. It was an absolute goldmine of interesting things...and here is just a fraction of it...

These were all boxed of photographic plates. 100's of years old, my photographic self squeeled in glee!

Ok, I'm going to pause a sec for a story. This pic was taken when, as we were roaming around the archives, (which is an absolute labyrinth btw), we came to these narrow winding staircases like you get in castles. Naturally we had to climb up (and down) them. They literally went right up into the 'towers' of the museum. This is the view from the window about half way up.

This is again looking from the staircase. It revealed a secret entrance and stairway to the museum that we never knew existed and is not even used much. Around here we also met a rogue archive worker who talked to us like he hadn't seen a human in so long (which is very understandable as it's very easy to get lost in there!).

Ok, I'm going to pause again because this is the actual writing of THE Charles Darwin. I hope someone else finds this as cool as I did lol



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Melaniecha_mel_eon on May 21st, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Wow, these are amazing photographs!
I'm glad you took so many so that we can get a glimpse of what is actually in there :)
redonyou1: Johnny - Neverlandredonyou1 on May 21st, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
Thank you!
You should go if can, you can book sessions apparently if you tell them you're a student :)