Set on the Embankment, behind the Strand, Two Temple Place is a late Victorian building in the style of a miniaturised Tudor mansion. It was originally built for William Waldorf Astor when he emigrated to the UK due to fears that his children would be kidnapped. Richard Hoare, of a leading banking family, bought it for the charitable foundation the Bulldog Trust, so it could earn revenue from hiring it out. A public use was also sought and it eventually decided to make it a London showcase for the collections of regional museums. The 2014 show (through April 27) draws from the University of Cambridge’s museums and delves into the concept of discovery. The objects draw from fields including zoology, archaeology, and the arts.
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