The politest thing I could say about this year is that it has given me the sense of living through something historic. Frankly, I think I’d rather not live through interesting times, it’s been unpleasant to say the least.Continue reading “2020 Summary; featuring ‘A Brave New World’ and ‘From Where I Stand’”
In the past year or so I have really got into podcasts. I usually listen while doing my 3 hour commute and during lockdown I have been listening while knitting. I find it incredibly pleasing to feel like I’m achieving two things at once. I thought it was worth making a list of some of my favourite museum related podcasts, which I will keep adding … Continue reading Favourite Museum Podcasts
This time I have gone all out ‘virtual tour’. I got myself a pair of cardboard virtual tour glasses for my phone from ebay. This set me back less than £4, but I figured it had the potential to get me round a few more of the available 360 degree tours. Continue reading “Virtual Tour of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Online”
There’s two things that it’s worth saying at the start. I’m not a massive Picasso fan and I like an art exhibition, but I find that sometimes they are a bit boring (SORRY). But, I thought I would give the virtual tour of the Royal Academy’s Picasso and Paper exhibition a go. And I’m really glad I did. Continue reading “Virtual visit to Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy, London”
Coffin Works Museum is the restored coffin fitting factory of the Newman Brothers, located in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. I have wanted to visit this museum for ages and though now would be a good time for a virtual visit because Coffin Works is one of the UK museums that is at risk of closure due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Continue reading “Virtual Coffin Works Museum, Online”
In my quest to find virtual museums to visit during the covid-19 lock down in the UK, I rediscovered the Empathy Museum. The Empathy Museum has no dedicated space, but instead tours and has popup events. It consists of a series of participatory art projects, which are dedicated to helping those that engage with it to look at the world through the eyes of others.
Continue reading “Virtual Empathy Museum, Online and Podcast”
It feels a bit like we are living in an episode of Black Mirror doesn’t it? Like everyone else, I had a lot of plans for this year, but now phrases like “social distancing” and words like “furlough” are the new norm and I am back at home with my parents. The world, which seemed very big, is now the size of our house. Continue reading “Virtual Museum of Broken Relationships, Online”
Well this blog is certainly not going to do the new Medicine Gallery at the Science Museum in London justice. How can it. One trip cannot sum up this massive permanent gallery space. Continue reading “Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries, Science Museum, London”
I feel like most people have heard of Pompeii. It is a site where the archaeology has given an incredible snapshot into everyday life as it was happening due to the sudden nature of its destruction, as opposed to a rise and decline over time.
Continue reading “Last Supper in Pompeii, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford”
Museums are exhausting. It’s day one of 2020 and I am just so god damn tired. I’m just starting year six of being a museum professional. I’ve had five different jobs made up of multiple extended contracts. I’ve moved house five times, moved hundreds of miles, started a second Masters and volunteered a few places too. I live on a tight budget, commute three hours a day and frankly every other day I debate quitting because why the hell haven’t I got into a stable enough position to achieve the ultimate goal of getting a cat?! (Seriously it should not be this difficult to get a cat). Continue reading “Displays of Power: A Natural History of Empire, Grant Museum, London”