Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

I visited the Royal Armouries in Leeds when I was very young and have a vague recollection of jousting. My main memory is the symbol for the Leeds Royal Armouries that peppers the brown signposts around the ring road, pointing you in the right direction. As a child I always found it a pretty creepy looking symbol, like a leering skull in Victorian teacher-style clip on glasses, oh and rams horns. Surely the stuff of nightmares. Continue reading “Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds”

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Edinburgh Anatomical Museum App

Edinburgh Anatomical Museum Entrance App

You may have spotted in the news that the University of Edinburgh and Luma 3D Ltd have gotten together to create something awesome – a virtual tour of the Edinburgh Anatomical Museum available in app form and it is FREE! It opens up the museum and Old Medical School Building that are not usually accessible to the public, giving the chance to explore the collection without leaving your house. Continue reading “Edinburgh Anatomical Museum App”

Oriental Museum, Durham

Durham Oriental MuseumWell where else would you go on Buddha’s Birthday? Ok so it turns out that this was just a lucky coincidence of my Durham Oriental Museum visit. From the outside you wouldn’t guess the wonders that this museum holds. It does not have the traditional grandeur of neoclassical architecture associated with many UK museums, but it does contain spectacular examples of items from across the Eastern world. Continue reading “Oriental Museum, Durham”

Vindolanda Fort and Museum, Northumberland

Vindolanda Museum

There are not many active archaeological sites where alongside an excavation you can see a museum dedicated of the finds that have been made. Vindolanda is one such gem. Whereas the majority of museums do have a focus on their local surroundings, Vindolanda’s museum focuses purely on the onsite Roman Fort that boasts over 300 years of occupation. Continue reading “Vindolanda Fort and Museum, Northumberland”

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland Grand GalleryIt’s too large to discuss all the intricacies of a National Museum in one blog post, but I will try to highlight some of my favourite bits from this visit. Some of the galleries were closed off and due to reopen in July after refurbishment. In this visit I focused on a number of the galleries coming off the Grand Gallery, a beautiful oval shaped, light filled atrium. In this space you can look down from the balconies into the large foyer below or across at the wall of artistically installed collection. Continue reading “National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh”

Celts Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland

Organised in partnership with the British Museum, the Celts exhibition was first on display in London before moving up to Edinburgh. It investigates the idea of a shared Celtic heritage across ancient Europe and how modern interpretations of ‘Celts’ have been revived, reimagined and in some cases reinvented over time. Due to the ‘no photography’ rule, of which I’m really not a fan, I’m just going to have to use such incredible description that you feel like you’ve seen it with your own eyeballs. Continue reading “Celts Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland”

Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh

Surgeons' Hall Museums FlyerMedical museums are not for the faint hearted. If the idea of seeing skeletons or human body parts floating in formaldehyde repulses then these museums are to be avoided at all cost. Personally I find these places fascinating. In a society where death and dying are taboo subjects and even the bodies of family members tend to be dealt with in hospital rather than at home, we rarely see death other than on a television screen. Continue reading “Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh”