Displaying human remains always flags up ethical debates, but this exhibition is really effective in presenting individuals, not specimens. It tells you as much about the people as can be inferred from the physical traces they left behind, both in the form of material culture and their physical remains. Continue reading “Roman Dead; Death and Burial in Roman London, Museum of London Docklands”
I’ve been quiet, but it’s not that I haven’t been busy, there just hasn’t really been any museum visits that have inspired me to write. So I decided to break the writer’s block and headed to Dorset County Museum because, if you haven’t heard, Dippy (that famous dinosaur from the Hintz Hall of the Natural History Museum) is touring the UK. Continue reading “Dippy on Tour, Dorset County Museum”
The Empathy Museum is dedicated to helping people see the world from a different perspective, through another person’s eyes. Launched in 2015, it has used a series of participatory arts projects that focus on storytelling, presenting the true stories of individuals in a manner that informs a visitor on the true impact of prejudice, conflict and inequality. Continue reading “A Mile in My Shoes, Empathy Museum, London”
I find it incredibly rare to visit an exhibition and find it perfect. This is very often not the fault of the team and designer who put it together, or the objects that have been selected, it merely boils down to personal taste. Harry Potter, A History of Magic, was one of those special cases where I really just couldn’t fault it. I loved it. It uncovered the world of magical history that inspired elements of J. K. Rowling’s books. But then again, exhibition visits are very personal, maybe I’m biased as a Harry Potter fan. Continue reading “Harry Potter, A History of Magic, British Library”
The Mary Rose Museum has been on my list for a long time because I just couldn’t comprehend lifting the remains of Henry VIII’s ship from the murky depths, preserving them and having them as a centrepiece in a museum.
In 1952-54 London’s Temple of Mithras was discovered by chance on a bomb site. The response to its discovery was massive, with over 30,000 people queuing to see the excavation on some days. This brought up the question of what should happen to the remains. The site was, after all, due to be developed. Should it be incorporated into the new building or recorded enough to be taken apart? The developer stepped in with a compromise, to dismantle the temple and reconstruct it just off site.
Last week I had asbestos awareness training – it’s not a very attractive museum related topic, but it was incredibly interesting. I’ve had basic asbestos training before, so I was aware of the dangers of asbestos, but this is the first time that I have had training from a UKATA (United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association) registered training provider.
Museums can be daunting, sometimes unwelcoming. Their sheer size, volume of information and potentially even the way they portray information may actually leave people feeling locked out. Museums are not everyone’s cup of tea.
Death in the Ice – it’s a pretty dramatic exhibition title and for good reason. It investigates the final, fatal expedition of John Franklin and his crew to the Arctic. Sadly no photography was allowed in the exhibition which has a number of loan items as well as human remains on display.
Terry Pratchett is dead.
Not only do I find that heart wrenching to type, it is also incredibly hard for me to contemplate . . . which it really should not be because death is a major part of the human condition.