Friday, 9 September 2011

The Grymm Tooms Travelling Museum

I have been fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of the highly esteemed Grymm Tooms Travelling Museum. They are a traveling reenactment-cum-theater trio who, in their own words are:

 ...a UK-based historical re-enactment group consisting of Grymm’s World of Wonders, Tooms Medical Marvels and the Grymm-Tooms Picture Company, covering the Victorian era from 1860 – 1900 and the Edwardian period 1901 to 1918.

With them travels their museum of curiosities. This features both real and replica items including such highlights as; slippers for those Chinese women with bound feet, the letters delivered by Jack the Ripper to the London Police, mermaids, fake fossils and duck-billed platypus eggs.

Although I have not managed to attend a show, they do a well-regarded comedy-magic-lantern-act. This, as with all their other work, is rather tongue-in-cheek and fondly pokes fun at the history of science. Should you happen to have the opportunity to see their show or stand, do take the opportunity and I promise you won't be disappointed.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I'm organising an event at Hughenden Manor, Bucks, on 21-22 July which features Grymm Tooms and was wondering if I could utilise your photo showing the "mermaid" and other exhibits on our web site (, with a credit to you of course. Would this be okay?

    All the best

    Howard Giles