A different archive this week – the Upper Norwood Library. There wasn’t really too much there (though the back issues of the Crystal Palace Foundation were pretty useful for catching up on recent history – and a Crystal Palace in Dallas that I hadn’t seen before. But the whole day became much more useful when I bumped (or rather was bumped into) John Greatrex, the man responsible for the re-erection of the small piece of CP ironwork on site. It was a very fortuitous meeting and I had a great afternoon, hearing about the history of getting things done and exchanging ideas about how models and reconstructions might work and especially on the role of leaving room for imagination so that visitors have a creative and not just didactic experience. There is going to be a Crystal Palace Festival this summer and I’m really hoping Nic and I will be there to show off our model. Thanks, John, for taking the time to chat.


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