… or would he rather be here … this all started with a birthday present … the Natural History Museum at Tring?
Lenny – sorreeee …. I don’t think we can manage a few million …. but we can send amplitudes of thoughts … on this your special day …
|Have a very happy 15th birthday day|
lots of excuses to wear those expando pants?!
Lionel Walter Rothschild was the man behind the museum … he started collecting insects and birds aged 7. By the time he was 10 he’d set up his first museum in the garden shed. By the time he was 20 … his collections were bursting out of stores all over the family estate …
|Galleries of long, large, weird and wonderful -|
and yes fur and claw, hand and paw
He kept an astonishing variety of animals in the grounds around the Museum and in Tring Park, his family’s home, including zebras, a tame wolf, rheas, kangaroos, kiwis, cassowaries and giant tortoises. He even drove a team of zebras in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace – wonder what they’d say today?
|A Tibetan Lynx|
So what to do for his 21st? His parents gave him some cash and some land on the estate at Tring to build a bigger museum. This is still the museum – now owned by the Natural History Museum.
His family were an immensely wealthy banking family … for a while Walter tried his hand at banking – but his passion was with his collections. He spent the rest of his life and most of his personal fortune building the largest zoological collection ever made by one person.
Thousands of stuffed mammals, birds, and other creatures are on show in the galleries … the tip of the iceberg! At its peak, his collection also contained more than two million butterflies, moths and other insects, bird skins and bird eggs …
|Mantis Shrimps, Box Jelly Fish ...|
and oh yes Hilary taking that photo
This eccentric man in 1937 left his collection to the Natural History section of the British Museum (now separate institutions).
Have a wonderful 15th Birthday Lenny … with lots of fun at home and with friends around the blogosphere …
Now we’ve found you – we’ll hang on to you once again … now I know you’re in with the critters I’ll be looking out for you … which gallery though? Fur and fangs, barks and bites, or Fancy birds but no flight, or Hop, hang, slither and swim, or Hall of horns, or Stripes stacked and packed, or one of the others ... flying with the beautiful birds dreaming, dre-e-a-a-m-i-n-g wonderful stories and poems ....
... with a critterly hug or two … from GrandBlogMom ... to a very special lad - Lenny Lee.
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