I mentioned before how much I love Blythe House, our storehouse in west London. This is where we keep the things that aren’t on display in the Science Museum or out at Wroughton. There’s some great stuff tucked away. For instance, these model buoys have always caught me eye - a set designed to teach people what the different colours and shapes mean. Philip Treacy, eat your heart out:
Nearby are these motor car spark plugs. Pink – and pretty as a picture:
You like spark plugs? We have lots of spark plugs:
Finally, as I wandered round the room, these handsome little fellows peered out from another shelf (where they live, in perpetual readiness to travel, next to a display unit of, yes, spark plugs). Very dapper:
Here’s the thing. If you are the sort of person who likes stuff like model buoys, pink spark plugs and well-dressed diminutive Victorian gentlemen, you’ll probably love visiting Blythe House. Normally it’s closed to the public, but we have a membership scheme (as most museums do) and members get invited to occasional Blythe House tours.
It’s my turn on Thursday 12 November at 6.30pm, and you’ve still time to join the scheme if you fancy coming along. You’d be supporting our work (thank you) and there are lots of benefits besides the tours. You can join online here. And if you’re very good, I might even show you my carburettors…