Visiting the V&A Museum in Dundee, Scotland
Dundee is one of those cities I’ve driven through many times, but had never actually stopped in – so when we stayed at Piperdam Lodges last week, I was keen to take the opportunity to see a bit of the city, and, in particular, the V&A design museum, which opened there last year.
Big confession coming up first, though: museums aren’t really my thing, usually. Shocking, I know, and, yes, it’s purely because I’m a complete and utter philistine, basically. Oh, don’t pretend you weren’t thinking it. OK, I’m not really a philistine (Or I don’t THINK I am, anyway, although now that I’ve embarked upon this particular train of thought, it’s certainly making me wonder…), and it’s not that I don’t find the contents interesting – it’s just that I tend to find them more interesting in context. It’s why, I suppose, I enjoy visiting stately homes so much: I guess it’s just easier to imagine the item being used when you see it in its rightful place, rather than inside a glass case in a museum. So I do enjoy museums once I’m in them, but I don’t actively seek them out, or rub my hands together with glee when someone suggests visiting one. (See also: farmers markets. I just… it’s just food? Why is this a thing now?)
The V&A, however, is a museum I was willing to make an exception for: partly because, as you might expect from a museum dedicated to design, the building itself is absolutely spectacular, both inside and out: