A Rabbie Burns Still Life

Robbie Burns Still Life

It’s great when you visit somewhere and are conducted around by a guide with a real enthusiasm and knowledge for the subject. The place is Ellisland Farm just north of Dumfries which was the home of Scotlands greatest poet Rabbie Burns. Our visit was enhanced by those small details that made the experience a living one.

Just like this still life, taken in Burn’s study.


The Doctor’s Wife

The Doctor's Wife

This is another charming period scene taken inside the house of a doctor that is a recreation of a nineteenth century property at the Victorian town of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum next to the river Severn in Shropshire, England.

I love the way that local people who work here manage to get into the character of the times through their dress and manner.


Blakemore’s Shop

Blakemoore's Shop

This is Blakemore’s grocery store and is one of many Victorian period shops at the Blists Hill Museum at Ironbridge in Shropshire. This is one of a series of images taken on our visit here with the family, so there are more to come.


Ticket Checker’s Office

Ticket Checker's Office

The National Railway Museum is probably one of the world’s best of its type and their collection of locomotives, carriages and ancillary equipment dates from the early years of the 19th Century, Here a mainline railway terminal is recreated with locomotives hauling vintage royal train stock. The view is through the windows of an old ticket office.


The Butcher’s Shop

The Butcher's Shop

The interior of this butcher’s shop was faithful to the late 19th or early 20th centuries in this Victorian Town at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. All the buildings have been brought here from the area and carefully reconstructed and furnished with period details. All of the shops are staffed and they make you very welcome! You can buy  appropriate local produce here using pre-decimal period currency though you have to purchase this at the correct exchange rate!



By the Window

By the Window

The Ironbridge Gorge open air museum is a wonderful place to visit and its staff contribute hugely to the experience as they always look the part because of the care they take over their costume. Many of them are highly entertaining characters and are full of background information about the buildings they attend to. This was a dark cottage full of period detail as well as nice touches like the vase of wild flowers in the window.