When the word Terracotta is said it conjures images of a rich burnt orange colour. That is shortly followed by thoughts of the terracotta warriors at the funerary tomb of Qin Shi Huang, which are not the orange of plant pots, but a darker grey-brown. I’d like to think that the vast majority of people would recognise the Chinese terracotta warriors, even if they didn’t realise it was Qin Shi Huang’s tomb that they guard. Most people will have seen photographs of the row upon row of terracotta statues, standing to attention, looking similar but all slightly different. In these glossy magazine images they look pretty impressive. Continue reading “Terracotta Warrior Museum, Xian, China”
If I was asked what my favourite museum is I would struggle to answer, but I can guarantee that Beamish would rank highly. A visit to Beamish is an immersive experience. Instead of objects behind glass and interpretive text panels there are real people in authentic costume demonstrating activities and telling stories. Continue reading “Beamish Museum”
Chinese museums are noticeably different. Zigong Dinosaur Museum bordered on surreal. If you asked children in the UK to draw a museum many would chose a neoclassical style exterior, all pillars topped with a triangular pediment, which will probably have some fancy carving. Think British Museum, or Greek Parthenon.
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If you ask google what a museum is it describes it as building that stores and displays objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest. In 1998 the Museums Association agreed to define museums as places that ‘enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society’.
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