At the moment I am frantically attempting to see all of the attractions in London (and the UK) that I can before I move to Holland in two months. A couple of weeks ago I crossed two such sights off my to-see list and visited the National Gallery and Pollock’s Toy Museum.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is obviously a very recognisable spot, I love going there and standing at the entrance to the gallery to look out over the fountains and Nelson’s Column down to Big Ben.
There are three plinths with statues of historical figures in Trafalgar Square and the fourth is used as an installation space for temporary sculptures. When I first arrived in London the sculpture was of a boy on a rocking horse which I thought was quite clever (since all the other ones are on horseback).
Now however, it has been changed, to a blue cock. Get your minds out of the gutter, a cock is another word for a rooster!
Funnily enough, even though I’ve been to Trafalgar Square plenty of times, this was the first time I’d actually gone into the gallery to look around. It’s a lovely building, even the floor is a work of art with the mosaic in the lobby.
I was incredibly excited to discover the ORIGINAL puppets from the Sooty and Sweep television show, they had been given to the museum by the creator Harry Corbett. I loved Sooty and Sweep and Soo as a kid, even saw them live in Hobart once!
There were lots of teddy bears in the museum as well, I was interested to discover that the name “Teddy Bear” came about after Theodore Roosevelt appeared in a political cartoon refusing to shoot a bear cub while hunting and the image became known as ‘Teddy’s Bear’. A clever store owner from New York capitalised on this by creating a bear and getting the president’s permission to call it Teddy’s Bear. The name has stuck.