Following on from the previous morning post, this midday start was an organised opportunity to meet up with friends I had made on a previous occasion to tour this venue. The visit was intended to see some of the changes made to the museum and to enjoy some food and company afterwards.
The Yorkshire Museum was built in 1828 to increase the space available for the archaeology collection of the local Philosophical society. The land used for this project was adjacent to St Mary's Abbey and one of the stipulations was that the grounds would become like a botanical garden. The local council acquired the site in 1960 and a further merger of most of York's museums took place in 2002.
We were given two hours to look around which is ideal if one wants to examine all the exhibits. However, I was a little distracted (as usual) by the camera and a blog post that I read in the previous week to this visit from mountain lyon that examined the experimentation of higher ISO settings to eliminate indoor flash or the use of a tripod.
It was also a chance to photograph things that are virtually impossible to see far less photograph .....
|The Red Squirrel|
|The Farne islands Puffin|
|Unsold or just well stocked ?? !!|
After just over one hour, I decided to explore the grounds and came across some real wildlife ! ...
...before studying and capturing St Mary's Abbey. The Benedictine Abbey was originally built in 1055 and the present remaining structure dates back to 1271. Down through the centuries, the Abbey was never far away from controversy as a reformed group of monks had a severe dispute that turned into a riot and subsequently moved to set up their own monastery at nearby Fountains Abbey. Later the Abbots became all powerful as they were the largest landowners in Yorkshire... that was until 1539 when a certain Henry VIII came along and had other plans.
Nowadays with the advent of private weddings in a nearby historic Hospitium building, it would appear that it is now the scene for the ultimate photographic moment. Lets hope that the happy couple, who are no doubt oblivious to the history of the Abbey, don't re-enact the activities carried out in the past on this site and that the marriage will be held together better than what Henry VIII did to this building !
There was just time for me to check out St Mary's (12th - 14th century) Lodge Gatehouse at the back entrance of the Museum / Abbey grounds and capture these two images.
Once we all agreed to meet outside the museum at a specific time, two suggestions were made by the organiser about where to go for a late lunch / early tea.
The pub Harkers (opposite the Mansion House) was chosen and I opted to have dinner inside a large Yorkshire Pudding !
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I promised in my last post to publish these earlier but didn't get around to it through lack of time so as a bonus I'll finish my day in York with another evening attempt, some of which I have tried before in the January 2011 post "York at night". Another reason for completing this set now is that I don't want this blog to be all about York (wonderful as it is)... this is the 6th post with some spare material from another museum from an earlier time to add to a future occasion.
(I'm away next week again from Monday to Saturday so I'll catch up with you all at the beginning of the following week)
|Pandora tourist shop|
Despite being on a major tourist street, this is the Betty's Cafe and bakers that people do not notice. One of the group stopped to buy some bread to take home.
This newspaper sign outside the newspaper shop made me smile as maybe he wanted the shop door left open for him at night !
The event finished at closing time of 7pm in Costa coffee shop after spending about an hour there.
As my train home was at 8pm, it was another opportunity to re-visit and improve or experiment on some locations that you may remember from earlier in the year.