We finally made it to the wonderful Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth yesterday five years after having moved to Dorset! No rush! It is an extraordinary place with fascinating pieces of art everywhere, and a Sir Henry Irving room which was a bonus (I based the character of Dimitri's dad in my second novel The Book of Thoth on Henry Irving, and in the book, the former actress Sophia Chronos is a hybrid of several people including Ellen Terry!) To think that a large part of the collection is in storage as there is not enough space to display everything is staggering. Another extra bonus was that the museum also hosts The Lost Words exhibition until September, an enthralling experience with words by Robert Macfarlane (he is one of my favourite writers and therefore I was thrilled to see his notebooks!) and the stupendously gorgeous paintings by Jackie Morris. I am a big admirer of both so was in heaven. What a place! I now need to find the time to read more about Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes, the incredible owners of the house.
An inspiring day!
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