A lovely welcome from the helpful ladies on the reception,and a nicely laid-out shop and cafe. Having said that, the museum itself, surely the focal point of the whole place, was a huge disappointment. Stuffed creatures which had seen better days; cases and cases of someone's passion for entomology; odd artefacts bearing no relation to one another stuffed willy nilly together, with little or no explanation as to their significance; and, worst of all, what was of real interest ie the objects appertaining to Southey and Wordsworth were crammed in a little case in the corner making them difficult to fully appreciate. And, oh dear, what about Walpole? - surely more could have been made of this one-time superstar? Such a shame; the entry fee wasn't worth it especially as there was no exhibition on at the time.
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