Inside Blenheim Palace

Here’s the next Blenheim Palace installment. These are pictures of the inside of the palace. It was opulent, as you might expect, but after you’ve seen a few of these places you see a fair amount of consistency. They definitely had their style for that time period. Some of the subtleties were interesting though. While there was the usual china collection, someone in the family was really into toy soldiers. This makes sense given the family history. Of course, no great house in England would be complete without a library. This one, called the long library, occupied the entire west side of the building. That works for me though some of the books were interesting; like a bound collection of Vanity Fair over several decades.

As mentioned in a previous post, the Duke and his family still live in some other portion of the building. Upstairs, I’m guessing. I’ve been working my way through a Cary Grant movie, The Grass is Greener, based on a similar theme. I say working my way through because I usually watch a bit before I get sleepy and go to bed. It’s pretty fun.

Here are the pictures…

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Outside Blenheim Palace

I took 498 pictures during my visit to Blenheim Palace. They’re obviously not all worth looking at, but that’s still a lot of content. I’m going to break my visit up into a collection of posts to try to and give you a taste of several different aspects of the palace visit.

Blenheim is the current home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Dukes are next to royalty in the British aristocracy. There’s only a handful of non-royal Dukes and they’re ranked by how long their family has had a dukedom. It turns out that Marlborough is a relative young upstart having only been around since the 1700s. Blenheim (Woodstock) was given to John Churchill, the 1st Duke, by Queen Anne for winning the battle of Blenheim. You can spend hours poking around Wikipedia learning about this place and its history.

To begin, here are a few pictures around the outside of the palace. It’s big, really big.

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Museum of the History of Science

Here are a few highlights from the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. This museum is mostly filled with scientific equipment from the past for a variety of disciplines. Some of it’s pretty interesting including the first large reflecting telescope and Einstein’s blackboard. The museum has it’s challenges through. The displays are covered in do not touch signs, which makes photography a challenge, it’s a bit cramped and didn’t seem to be in the best repair. The front facade is being refurbished though. The scaffolding did provide a unique view of some of the statues out front. The location for this museum is prime. Right next to the Old Bodleian Library on Broad Street.

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