Post 86: Blink and you miss it
Work is progressing on all fronts at the moment. Last week was all about steel, electricity and guitars – which sounds like a name of a band. It transpires that the exhibition designer has gained excessive knowledge about guitars – although apparently not yet enough to be classed an aficionado. We need to find some replica guitars, that is to say ones that Jimi did not own but that are similar. Whilst we hope to borrow a genuine Hendrix guitar it would need to be displayed in a museum grade case with appropriate security and environmental controls. However a replica could be securely (but discreetly) fixed within the bedroom and would give essential atmosphere. Of course, it transpires that even ones that he didn’t own are now of such a vintage and are so specific that they are very popular – read expensive. So now we are also considering ways of Jimi-fy-ing cheaper guitars or perhaps creating a model of one, which means becoming somewhat of a guitar expert is necessary. All quite an interesting challenge.
Meanwhile back at the coal face things are moving fast. The steel work for the new learning studio is remarkable and so are the men who are hand lifting it up onto site and into place. No room for cranes here. I find it amazing that this can be achieved so slickly and seemingly easily. It really is beginning to look like a room. Then to end the week we had some major electricity work completed overnight. It was not without its stresses but at 6.30am it was brilliantly and successfully bought to a happy conclusion. This means that normal service can resume and whilst we like a truly authentic 18th century atmosphere we can once again see, email, type, talk on the phone and stay warm. The 21st century does have its bonuses.