Let's be honest, I was particularly interested in seeing their Libraries and Map rooms. Well, any room full of books is a sure fire way to get my attention. The Society has two libraries, one that houses an impressive 300,000 texts. I had to see for myself. As the tour guide read from her note sheet, I stepped quietly past the pre-historic aged dinosaur jaws in the lobby, tiptoed by the portraits of stern faced men and stood in front of the two old maps hanging on the wall in the adjacent landing.
There's something nostalgic about visiting historic buildings. You always imagine the people who've walked in the halls before you, how they lived, what their names were. Looking out of the windows, I wonder who else may have shared this vista 200 years earlier. Did someone run his or her fingers alongside the same wall too? I let my thoughts run wild. The horses and carriages are long gone but if you listen carefully, you may just hear hooves in the stone courtyard outside the grand building.
|A library that houses over 300,000 books|
|These take me back to |
school days *sigh*
|Mr Pursed lips|
|The society inspect the |
infamous Piltdown skull
|Jnr Scribe causes a disturbance|
on the staircase
|Perfect Nook for Writing|
|Mr Cool circa 1700|
|Gates to the House|
|The Old Stable Block|
|Burlington House About 1700|
|Is that a smirk I see?|
How about you? How was your weekend?
A/N: Photo credits courtesy of Yours truly. I hope you enjoy a few of the pics snapped on Saturday, the event is run once a year and I did enjoy the tour! I learnt a little bit more about one of London's old society's. Very interesting to note that the members were allegedly known as early republicans and refused the title of 'Royal' in front of their name. Quite scandalous I thought.