I headed down to Twickenham on Saturday to see a play at the Mary Wallace Theatre by the river. I’d never been to Twickenham before but I thought it was lovely, especially the stretch of it beside the river. I also popped into the tiny Twickenham Museum.
On Saturday I visited Woking. Partly this was to go to the theatre, but partly it was to visit the museum there, which is called the Lightbox. There was one particular exhibition I really wanted to see, about vintage beauty, and as the whole museum is free, I thought I wouldn’t mind having a look at the rest of the exhibitions too.
I started on the ground floor, in the Art Fund Prize Gallery, which had an exhibition on The Art of Marcel Ronay. I’d never heard of this early to mid-20th century artist before, but I liked his work, which is dark and unsettling. I also took a look at the art in the Corridor Gallery, which had a display called Art from the Vyne: Our Museum Community Project.
On the first floor, the Main Gallery had an exciting exhibition called The Giant Electronic Art Show, which had exhibits that you could touch and mess about with. I largely left these for the kids, but I enjoyed looking at the 3D-printed items on display.
Woking’s Story had a display on the history of the town, with items on the local firm Kenwood, the nearby asylum, and the Necropolis Railway which used to transport coffins from central London to Brookwood Cemetery, near Woking. I made a mental note to pay a visit to this cemetery someday.
Finally, I went up to the second floor to see the exhibition I had really come to see. In the Upper Gallery, Glamour on the Go – Compacts: The Beautiful Story of Make-Up had an incredible display of compacts and other beauty accessories ranging across the twentieth century.
Later, while wandering around Woking, I came across a rather odd-looking sculpture – a Martian. H.G. Wells was living in Woking when he wrote The War of the Worlds, and in the novel it is in Woking that the Martians first land. In celebration of this, the sculpture by Michael Condron was unveiled in 1998.
I was very excited to receive my September Birchbox through the post. After a great August box, I was really looking forward to it.
Inspired by “back to school”, the theme for September was “Happy Days”. It’s many years since I was at school, but I liked the theme anyway, and loved the design of the box.
Here’s what I got in my September box:
Korres Citrus Shower Gel – I have tried this before and I really like it, so I was happy to receive this. It’s refreshing and smells lovely.
Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream – I’ve tried this before too and it’s a good eye cream, so I was happy to have this.
ModelCo® Lip Lacquer Viva – This is so dinky, it would be ideal to pop into a tiny evening bag. I really like the colour.
Beautyblender and Blendercleanser – I was mega-chuffed to get this, as it is super expensive to buy. It’s a great way to apply foundation smoothly and without lines.
Agave Healing Oil Treatment – I’ve tried a lot of these hair treatments and this one is no better and no worse than any other. It does make my hair soft and shiny.
Urban Fruit Magnificent Mango – A bonus food sample. I thoroughly enjoyed this as I adore mango.
Photo Holder – Birchbox included this to be in keeping with the Happy Days theme – you are meant to put a photo of a happy event here. A nice little extra.
Overall, I am really happy with this month’s box, particularly the Beautyblender. I hope next month’s box is as good!
And so it begins… for the next year or so practically all of my friends are turning thirty. Kicking things off was my friend Elisa, who celebrated with a cocktail making masterclass at Revolution. The class was great fun, and many cocktails were made; even more were drunk. Afterwards there was some dancing, but this part is all a bit hazy.
Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, holiday, Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Mackintosh Architecture: Context Making and Meaning, Mackintosh House, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scotland, Tenement House
On our last full day in Glasgow we walked up to the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, which was a bit of a trek, but it was worth it. The museum was founded in 1807 and contains the bequest of Dr William Hunter, an eminent surgeon. It holds lots of fascinating exhibits including scientific equipment and cultural artefacts.
Across the road, the Art Gallery contains a large collection of Whistler paintings, as well as other, varied artworks. The current exhibition, Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning, looks at the artist’s work in the context of his employment by the office of John Honeyman & Keppie, showing how he had his own distinctive style but also worked collaboratively as part of the firm.
Also on the site is the Mackintosh House, the home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, which was reassembled following the demolition of their home at 78 Southpark Avenue (formerly 6 Florentine Terrace).
On our way up to the Hunterian we passed the Glasgow School of Art. Poor, poor Glasgow School of Art. The effects of the fire of a few months ago can be clearly seen; I hope they manage to restore it properly.
After leaving the Hunterian, we caught the bus again and got off just before the end to visit the Tenement House. This was a fascinating look at a typical Glaswegian home, left almost as a time capsule as it was lived in by the same woman, Agnes Toward, for over half a century. She made very few changes during her time in the house, and it was fascinating to look around.
In the evening we went to Wagamama, followed by a trip to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to see some new plays (the review is here). There were two plays, 1914 Machine and Blind Eye, and they were both very different, but we enjoyed them.
The next day my mam and I headed to Central Station, had breakfast, and parted. I returned to London, though determined to come back to Glasgow at some point!