City Centre, 26th January 2014

This was the first meeting of the Sunday group this year, but since it was raining hard when we met, we decided not to go any further afield. We retreated from the weather into the Walker Art Gallery, where we saw all the usual classics – Henry VIII, “When did you last see your Father”, “The Death of Nelson” and an exhibition of early Hockney paintings. Sadly, Philistines that we are, we were most charmed by this eccentric musical instrument.
03 Museum Loophonium

Called the “Loophonium”, it was designed and made by Liverpool musician, broadcaster and humorist, Fritz Spiegl, and was regularly played at the Liverpool Philharmonic April Fool Concerts in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The Gallery invites the visitor to press a button, at which the Loophonium plays “Frère Jacques”.

We went into the World Museum to have our sandwiches in the indoor picnic area on the 4th floor, then visited the Clore Natural History Centre. We put an MNA leaflet on their notice board. The Centre has many fascinating exhibits including the following.

03 Museum T rex foot














Tyrannosaurus rex foot cast, Cretaceous, about 66 million years ago

03 Museum insect case
Display case showing the main orders of insects.

03 Museum Apatosaurus femur









Cast of the femur of an Apatosaurus, Jurassic, about 150 million years ago (with Olive for scale)

03 Museum Chirotherium footprint
Fossil footprint of a Chirotherium, found in Storeton Wirral

03 Museum Coco de Mer seed
Seed of the Coco-de-Mer, Lodoicea maldivica, endemic to some islands in the Seychelles

03 Museum Iggy the Iguanodon
Model of a young Iguanodon from the Museum lobby

It was dry when we emerged, so we had a browse around St John’s Gardens.  The bulbs in the flower beds are well advanced.

03 Museum bulbs coming up
Public Transport details: No public transport used today, we stayed in town.

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