Today we visited the Albertopolis area of London. Notsile and I ended up at another tube station, so we missed the first part of the tour walking through the Victoria & Albert Museum, but we were able to catch up and see them in front of the Science Museum.
The main part of the tour was focused on the Albert Memorial, which was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Prince Albert, who died of typhoid in 1861. The statue is surrounded by four corners representing the four continents – Africa, America, Asia, and Europe.
Each continent-group included several ethnographic figures and a large animal: a camel for Africa, a bison for America, an elephant for Asia, and a bull for Europe. The Memorial also contained the four statues depicting Victorian industrial arts and sciences: agriculture, commerce, engineering, and manufacturing.
According to Wikipedia, “the pillars and niches of the canopy feature eight statues representing the practical arts and sciences: Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Geometry (on the four pillars) and Rhetoric, Medicine, Philosophy and Physiology (in the four niches)“.
Finally, we wandered around a bit more to see the rest of ‘Albertopolis’, including the Royal Colleges (Art, Botanists, Music). Then we headed off to the National History Museum before Andrew gave us permission to leave, but some of us stuck around for a long enough time to take more photos before heading off.