Crazy Taxidermy Museum – Stuffed Animals in Costumes by Walter Potter (1965)

Crazy Taxidermy Museum – Stuffed Animals in Costumes (1965) [HD], Potters Museum in Bramber, Sussex
British Pathe made this video at Potters Museum in the 1960s. Walter Potter lived in Bramber his whole life and spent his time dressing up stuffed animals elaborately and placing them in human scenarios.

The original narrations states “Potter was a genius who made fur-lined dolls into whimsical but veritable works of poetic art”. Of course some people today would see his life’s work as abhorrent and disgusting. He was undoubtedly a true British eccentric.

Some of the tableaus took years to arrange. The museum still exists today but has moved to Devon, and there is a sign there stating that the animals died of natural causes.

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2 Responses

  1. stefan

    I went to the museum when it was in Devon, on Bodmin Moor where Daphne Du Maurier wrote her famed thriller The Beast Of Bodmin Moor. The museum was squashed into a building that also housed Du Mauriers writing room and a tacky tea room/lounge bar. It was jam-packed full of the amazing tableaus shown in the Pathe’ film but there were also taxidermised freaks of nature and birth defects that had been given to Mr Potter by the farmers in the local area. He lovingly stuffed a 2 headed lamb and a 5 legged calf and displayed them alongside his artful and beautiful scenes of kittens, squirrels and guinea pigs in Victorian scenes.
    Sadly the museum went bankrupt in the early 2000s and was put to auction by the owners. The entire collection was bought by Damien Hurst for 1.5million pounds.
    So good to see that mini film of such a treasured antiquity. Lovely memories.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    • admin

      Amazing! Thanks for sharing Devon.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

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