Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Let's be honest about this. If the idea of a wrought iron museum doesn't grab you and make you go "ooooh, I wonder if that's any good?" then probably nothing I can say is going to persuade you. However, if you are (as I am) the sort of person who wonders immediately whether the wrought iron museum in question will be worth a visit, then let me reassure you: it's fantastic.
The collected artefacts are arranged mostly by type: knives, scissors, keys, coffee grinders.
I was captivated by the locks, which featured some of the most unusual key designs I've seen in my life:
And I particularly wish I could get my hands on an old chest like this one:
(If any of my readers ever see such a thing for sale, pretty please, let me know!)
The surroundings are pretty spectacular, too, as the collection is housed in an old church.
Geeky, yes. A little bit weird? Well, yes. But completely and utterly fantastic. If I go to Rouen again, I'll almost certainly go back (and I'm not just saying that because it's free for students - though that was a nice bonus).
Getting there: Le Secq des Tournelles, Rue Jacques Villon, Rouen, France.