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John Tradescant's Ark - England's 1st Museum


John Tradescant the Elder

John Tradescant (1570 - 1638)

In 1626 Tradescant, a famous Gardener, leased a house in Lambeth where he displayed 'all things strange and rare'

These included:

  • the mantle of Powhattan, the father of Pocahontas
  • A piece of the True Cross

  • The Vegetable Lamb
  • the hand of a mermaid
  • the Claw of the bird Rock, who as authors report, is able to trusse an elephan
  • A brazen ball to warme the nunness hands
  • Blood that rained in the Isle of White

John Tradescant the Younger ran the Ark after his father's death and went on a collecting trip to America.




Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

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