Editing Geological dioramas at the Museum of Practical Geology, South Kensington, from 1932 - rescuing "a dull, even repellent, subject"

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‘A feature of the ground floor was a series of sixteen coloured ‘dioramas’ – showcases containing plaster models perspectively merged into a painted background illustrating various geologically interesting localities, such as The Needles and Fingals Cave, and reconstructions of prehistoric scenes. The figure in ‘Early Man in the Thames Valley’ was alleged to be modelled on Flett!’
 
‘A feature of the ground floor was a series of sixteen coloured ‘dioramas’ – showcases containing plaster models perspectively merged into a painted background illustrating various geologically interesting localities, such as The Needles and Fingals Cave, and reconstructions of prehistoric scenes. The figure in ‘Early Man in the Thames Valley’ was alleged to be modelled on Flett!’
  
An on-line search for the diorama (June 2020) discovered a stock photo from Alamy, showing the diorama in its standard showcase and with a slightly incorrect caption, but dated 1935, and attributed to the Smith Archive, with [https://www.alamy.com/display-at-the-geological-survey-and-museum-geological-museum-south-kensington-display-of-the-first-man-in-the-thames-valley-hunting-wild-bear-15-january-1935-image359651242.html Image ID: 2BW3ER6]. It also showed the Natural History Museum image, as part of the Mary Evans Picture Library with image code MEV-10703598. The [https://www.nhmimages.com/?service=asset&action=show_zoom_window_popup&language=en&asset=8671 Natural History Museum Picture Library Image] ID is 000404.
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An on-line search for the diorama (June 2020) discovered a stock photo from Alamy, showing the diorama in its standard showcase and with a slightly incorrect caption, but dated 1935, and attributed to the Smith Archive, with Image ID: 2BW3ER6. It also showed the Natural History Museum image, as part of the Mary Evans Picture Library with image code [https://www.alamy.com/display-at-the-geological-survey-and-museum-geological-museum-south-kensington-display-of-the-first-man-in-the-thames-valley-hunting-wild-bear-15-january-1935-image359651242.html MEV-10703598]. The [https://www.nhmimages.com/?service=asset&action=show_zoom_window_popup&language=en&asset=8671 Natural History Museum Picture Library Image] ID is 000404.
  
 
''The Times ''1932 Apr 25 pg 7
 
''The Times ''1932 Apr 25 pg 7

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