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Kingston Museum

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Wheatfield Way
Tel:  020 8546 5386
Fax:  020 8547 6747
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Good modern displays in a nice old building. The Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age each have their own small cabinets, before the museum then moves through the ages. The Stone Age display is the largest, mainly consisting of Neolithic flint axes found locally (primarily in the Thames). It also shows two Paleolithic axes, one from England and one from Africa, and has an interesting early Bronze Age flint axe (circa 2000BC) that seems to mimic a bronze axe. There are also three Neolithic flint axes that you can touch, which is a nice touch (excuse the pun). A separate case has part of a 10,000 year old Mammoth tusk [Happy Birthday to the mammoth tusk, Happy Birthday....etc - an old Spike Milligan gag].

There is also an excellent 1911 stained glass window depicting a May Pole scene. It says the window was founded on a 16th Century window to commemorate "the old Kingston-Upon-Thames maypole and Morris dances"
Posted by pure joy
22nd March 2004ce