Scenes from the English 'MIDLANDS'
15c. Leicester (9) Leicester New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
As the blue plaque on the right reads, the museum was started in 1849, but the building was originally built in 1836-1837 as the Proprietary School. It was designed by Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803-1882), inventor and architect.
It is a pleasant walk up 'New Walk' promenade for the tourist-visitor to the New Walk Leicester Museum and art gallery, which is a good attraction and well worth a visit and it has regular changes of features-displays.
Eastern granite sculpture of elephants in the entrance foyer.
The New Walk Leicester Museum is undergoing a welcome revamp including this new cafe and gift shop display centre.
The 'Barrow Kipper' fossil (rhomaleosaurus megacephalus) - found near Barrow-upon-Soar
A meteorite, very metallic in appearance because its composed mainly of iron. The caption says "this is the oldest thing you will ever touch. The Henbury meteorite is 4,600,000,000 (4.6 billion) years old. This is more or less the age of planet Earth !
A cetiosaurus dinosaur greets the visitor on the ground floor gallery!
A replica of the dinosaur called a Neovenator - a carnivore - meat eater!
A very good display of minerals, most found locally.
A recent new display is a collection artworks from all over the world ranging in age from medieval period to contemporary craft designs. The series of picture below illustrates this fascinating collection of objects.
Index of LEICESTER 07. (1) De Montfort Hall, Victoria Park, War Memorials, Temples & 'domestic' buildings * 08a. (2a) Castle Yard, Castle House, external architecture of St Mary de Castro Church * 08b. (2b) Interior of St Mary de Castro Church * 09. (3) Newarke Houses Museum & Turret Gateway * 10. (4) Jain Centre, Magazine Gatehouse, Castle Park-Gardens, Grand Union Canal Bridge * 11a. (5a) St Martin's Cathedral Church * 11b. (5b) Medieval Guildhall * 12. (6) Wygston's House, St Margaret's Church & two Victorian Gothic Revival Churches * 13. (7) Jewry Wall, Roman Baths, Museum & St Nicholas Church * 14. (8) All Saints Church , Great Central & Leicester Railway Stations, Thomas Cook statue * 15a. (9) New Walk and Sculptures 15b. Holy Cross Church * 15c. Museum & Art Gallery * 16. (10) Sporting sculpture & Leicester Market * 17. (11). Area around Orton square, East St Martins & Free Grammar School * 21. (12) National Space Centre & Abbey Pumping Station Museum * 29. (13) Knighton Village * 20a. Great Central Railway
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