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The Museum of Innocence Museum

I thought I had posted about this shortly after I published my review of Orhan Pamuk’s book The Museum of Innocence, to which I alluded two posts ago.

However, I have searched for such a post on the blog and can’t find it, so it seems I did not.

What there is, though, is an actual Museum of Innocence in Istanbul.

It was set up by Orhan Pamuk at the same time as he was writing the novel, to reflect upper-middle class life in Istanbul from the 70s to the 2000s.

Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney (iv)

The big former oil tank at Lyness now houses a large video screen showing films about Scapa Flow and the ships which once used it, plus several exhibits of large(ish) military machinery.

A troop carrier with US markings and searchlight in background:-

Troop Carrier, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

A DUKW (or Duck) + Crane:-

DUKW + Crane, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Wheeled anti-aircraft gun. Not the best photo I’ve ever taken:-

Anti-aircraft Gun, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Signs outside pointed to an air-raid shelter. We followed them to the entrance:-

Emtrance to Air-raid Shelter, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

It was quite extensive inside. This is a view of the corridor:-

Air-raid Shelter Corridor, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

I suppose the rooms may have been furnished with chairs or bunks but they don’t look very prepossessing now:-

Air-raid Shelter "Room", Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney (iii)

Interior exhibits. On entering there is a display of photographs of ships in Scapa Flow and pieces of naval equipment/relics from both World Wars.

There was also a model of Scapa Flow showing dispositions of the interned German High Seas Fleet ships after WW1 but before the Grand Scuttle.

Island of Hoy to right, Fara left middle, Flotta towards top:-

Model of Scapa Flow, Lyness Naval Museum

Island of Hoy to bottom left, Rysa Little to bottom right, Fara top middle:-

More of Model of Scapa Flow, Lyness Naval Museum

Island of Hoy to bottom (Lyness to right,) Fara in middle ground, Rysa Little to left. Flotta top right:-

Model of Scapa Flow, Lyness Naval Museum

A naval torpedo, part cutaway:-

Torpedo, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy

A typical 1930s room:-

1930s room

Compton Mackenzie‘s battledress! Apparently he owned a couple of the Orkney islands, was stationed there and donated this uniform:-

Comptom Mackenzie's Battle-dress

Church Army Rest Hut sign. This was above the present day café inside which we had a very nice cake and coffee. It was done out in 1940s style. Unfortunately it was so well patronised I felt unable to take a photo. I had meant to go back for one but the ferry departure time crept up on us before I could:-

Church Army Sign

Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney (ii)

More external exhibits at Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

A naval mine:-

Naval Mine, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Oil pipes:-

Oil Pipes, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

A propeller from HMS Hampshire:-

Propeller HMS Hampshire

The last remaining oil tank at Lyness. Now houses museum exhibits:-

Oil Tank, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney (i)

The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum is almost directly ahead of you as you disembark from the ferry at Lyness, Hoy.

It’s not very prepossessing from the outside but is packed with exhibits relating to the miltary use of Scapa Flow in the two World Wars.

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre

Several naval guns lie in the forecourt:-

Naval Gun , Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy

Gun, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy

Third Gun, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

Fourth Gun, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

Fifth Gun,Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

You’ll see in the first picture two information boards. This board relates to the complex as a whole:-

Information Board,Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

Also exterior to the main museum is this example of anti-torpedo netting:-

Anti-Torpedo Netting, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Flåmsbana Museum, Flåm, Norway

The Flåmsbana Museum is more or less on the dock side at Flåm. The railway’s story is fascinating. They had to dig the line, which has lots of tunnels, out of solid rock by hand, using hand tools and horse driven carts. Construction was started in 1924 and the line did not open till 1940 by which time the Germans were in control of Norway.

It’s the steepest standard gauge railway in Europe. The information card said that because of the safety considerations required by the railway’s steep gradients and no rack and pinion back-up this early locomotive had six different braking systems:-

Locomotive in Flåmsbana Museum

A more modern locomotive, no longer used, outside the museum building:-

Old Locomotive, Flåmsbana Museum

Another obsolete locomotive, a bit further away:-

Newewr but Obsolete Locomotive, Flåmsbana Museum 3

Old railway poster, showing a stavkirke, or wooden church. These can be almost Russian Orthodox in appearance:-

Old Railwat Poster, Flåmsbana Museum

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney

Almost the first thing you notice making your way out of the ferry terminal at Lyness on Hoy, apart from the last remaining oil tank servicing what was the naval base there and the building housing the Lyness Naval Museum is two flags and two upright stone markers.

This is the Arctic Convoy Memorial. Some of the convoys’ ships sailed from Scapa Flow.

Memorial from road:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney

Memorial Plaza:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Plaza

Memorial Dedication:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial Dedication

Russian Inscription and Flag. (I note that the flag, strictly, should be that of the USSR):-

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Russian Inscription and Flag

Russian inscription:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial Russian Inscription Close-up

British Inscription and Flag:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial British Inscription and Flag

British Inscription:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial British Inscription

Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall

The Orkney Museum is located in Tankerness House, diagonally across the road from St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney.

Orkney Museum

Armorial cartouche above the arched entranceway into the museum:-

Orkney Museum Armorial Cartouche

We would perhaps have gone in later in the day but the rain prompted us to go earlier than we would have. Just as well. The museum is stuffed full of great exhibits from Orkney’s long history. We spent a long time inside perusing them all. Fascinating stuff.

This quaint old building in the museum garden is known as Groatie Hoose and is decorated with seashells (or groatie buckies.) At the time there was a party in from a tour ship and I couldn’t avoid getting some of them in the shot.

Groatie Hoose in Orkney Museum Garden

This, from the images page on Google, is a better view:-

Groatie Hoose, Orkney Museum garden

More Guggenheim

“Umbrella” feature on the exterior:-

"Umbrella," Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Internal structures:-

aGuggenheim 8 inside 1

Internal Structure, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

More Interior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

We were told these iron spirals were built in before the roof and walls were put up. As you walk round them the walls bend in and the space around you is changed:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, First Exhibit

Fountains at the edge of the external plaza:-

Fountains outside,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior Exhibits

There are external and internal exhibits at the Guggenheim.

The steel spheres are Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor. They are surrounded here by FOG, an installation by Fujiko Nakaya. The mist switches on every so often:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, FOG and Reflections

The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao FOG + Spider Sculpture

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider

Tulips by Jeff Koons:-

Jeff Koons Tulips, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao + Bridge

Puppy by Jeff Koons. A giant West Highland Terrier covered in flowers. The flowers bloom at different times of the year so the exhibit is always changing. From Museum:-

Jeff Koons Puppy,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Puppy, museum in background:-

Jeff Koons Puppy, Front

Puppy and museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  and Koons Puppy

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