Last Saturday I went on another foray to try and find some more information for the book, and was unexpectedly successful.
The museum was having an open day at their Granton site and we’d booked places on a tour around it way back in July (If you want to keep up to date with what the museum is up to, then you can link to them on facebook, which is how I found out about the open day. Here is the link for anyone interested NationalMuseumsScotland.)
Whilst the tour was interesting, seeing the prepared skulls of the Pilot whales washed up in Fife a few weeks ago, going through the engineering section and hearing from a fascinating chap about how they go about restoring things, putting a film on when painting so that if you want to, you can remove it all to see the original, warts and all, below and showed us a restored steam engine which has been carefully oiled and greased so it won’t decay whilst in storage.
But it was all too short and we were whisked to another section. At that point it became a bit like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as our guide moved so swiftly away from the huge double doors between areas that several of us found ourselves lost in amongst a maze of engineering wonders – I was quite content to look around in there, but unfortunately we were found and set back on track!
When we returned to the reception, one of our guides introduced me to Wendy and shared the information I’d already imparted about my research, and Wendy took me upstairs to look at the computer records of items they hold, and lo and behold she came up with 4 models. Two are in storage and I am requesting they be taken out for photographing and the other two …. are on display in the top floor of the Chambers Street Museum.
You can probably guess where I was on Sunday!
The exhibition is hard to find as it’s on the sixth floor, and the general layout can preclude you from going up that far. I had been there months ago when the refurbishment had just finished, and had searched for Robb’s material without success, clearly not realising it was just above me when I was looking at other shipping exhibits.
In the next few days I’ll post some of my pictures from my visit. Meantime, if you feel like popping along, this is the sign at the side of the wee staircase you want to look for:
Copyright: Ruth Macadam 2012