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A Natural Curiosity - Free Exhibition @ National Trust

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Free exhibition at the National Trust

This is a great little exhibition and a chance to visit the headquarters of the National Trust which are in Tasma Terrace, close to Parliament and the Fitzroy Gardens.

The building is a three-storey, grey-stuccoed 1879 terrace designed by Charles Webb, who also designed the famous Windsor Hotel. So the building itself is well worth a visit.

This unusual exhibition is a collection of common crafts, crazes and collectables which explore the 19th century fascination with the Natural World.

Look carefully to see what this is made of.

All family members, including children would be on the look out for specimens when they ventured out. So many people became amateur botanists and geologists.

Found items were turned into all kinds of creations, as in the beautiful picture above, which uses feathers to great effect.

Simple botanical specimens such as ferns and flowers were also used as templates for the domestic decorative crafts.

The joy of the Natural World

Nature adored

Martin Purslow, CEO said that the National Trust was delighted to " to offer this exhibition for both members and non-members to enjoy throughout the summer."

This is a totally free exhibition and afterwards you can make your way to the Fitzroy gardens to see what treasures you might also find. Perhaps a floating feather or a seed pod that has fallen from a tree.

This may well be the basis of your own masterpiece.
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Why? To visit the home of the National Trust and a fine collection of 19th century preoccupations.
When: Open daily between 9am and 5pm from the 2nd of November 2012 to the 22nd of February 2013.
Phone: 9656 9800
Where: Tasma Terrace Gallery 4 Parliament Place East Melbourne
Cost: Free
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