Reading Museum

Oh Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You are our Potter, and we are the work of Your hand.

Isaiah 64 :8
We are heading to the Reading Museum. It is in the distance with a clock tower. Let us go inside…

An Australian platypus from the late 19th Century. In the 17th century they thought this animal a hoax. Why?

They lay eggs, feed their young milk, use electroreception (detect electrical signals generated by other animals) and the spurs on the male’s legs can inject venom.

A poem should be as odd as a small cast – iron platypus.

Dean Young 1955 -2022 ( American poet)

This Albertross is 4 to 5 years old, possibly from South America in the early 20 th Century.

An Albertross can fly 1,000 miles in a single foraging trip. It can drink sea water , the salt travelling in its bloodstream and excreted through a special gland above their eyes. They lay one egg every two years.

Today school children are looking up at this bird in awe as am I.

These two animals from long ago are amongst other things now let’s go upstairs…

A Potter and a painter.
A Roman mosaic mounted on a wall and in the foreground a shapely
Alan Caiger – Smith creation.
Together, spectacularly complimentary but conceived so far apart in time.

Now for an unusual copy. A tapestry .

Elizabeth Wardle saw the Bayeux tapestry in Normandy and felt so strongly that England should have one that under her care 35 of the Leek Embroidery Society spent a year making a copy.

Notice the hawk carried by Harold. The bird is with him quite often in different scenes.

As John Burnside said: ‘ Anyone who has ever stopped to watch a hawk in flight will know that this is one of the natural world’s elegant phenomena.’ These important people must have felt this bird enhanced their presence.

Here is a potted story told in the embroided pictures on 70m of linen.

Edward the king of England has no heirs he appoints Harold. Harald Hardrada, a Norwegian and William both want the throne and are in opposition. The tapestry shows the battles. The cutting down of trees to build ships, the horses in battle the death of Harald in a battle with Harold, then the 1066 battle between William the Duke of Normandy where Harold is defeated. William is then crowned the third King of England.

The tapestry is careful in its detail. An embroidery made in 1885/6 a careful neat copy.

A battle scene.
A viking sword taken from the Thames.

A small free museum, filled with objects of interest. Time enjoyed. Thank you for sharing a little of what I saw.

Sandy πŸ™‚

Here are a few thoughts about life as a tapestry.

The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in woven the colours are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.

Carson Mc Cullers (1917-1967 American novelist, poet ,writer.)

We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangle knots and the like. But occasionally, God’s light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and the lights of existence.

John Piper 1946 ( American New Testament Scholar)

16 thoughts on “Reading Museum

    1. Yes , it is interesting ,small and really full. We will soon be walking where there was a Roman dig and this museum had the finds from there as well. So I am looking forward to sharing that too. The mosaic Roman floor on the wall was from there.

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