A Mile in My Shoes, Empathy Museum, London

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”

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Harry Potter, A History of Magic, British Library

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”

London Mithraeum

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.

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Museum Collection Asbestos Awareness Training

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.

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Vienna

AHHH VIENNA! I was lucky enough to go for a long weekend, which excitingly for me and to the dismay of my longsuffering partner in crime, meant a mad dash around museums. I managed to see seven of (if a quick google search is to be believed) out of around 100, so this is by no means an exhaustive list. I did also regrettably miss some big players, like the Natural History Museum . . . but this was obviously done on purpose so that I just have to go back!

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Museum of Funeral History (Bestattungsmuseum), Vienna

It makes sense for a funeral museum to be in a cemetery. If I’m honest I have never seen a cemetery quite like it. Vienna has incredible architecture. Every building in the centre is dripping with carvings. It would appear that in Vienna a building could not be classed as finished unless it’s topped with a couple of horses and a handful of urns. I exaggerate of course, but the scale and quantity of the stonework is incredible and this is a feature that extends from areas designed for the living to the memorials of the dead.

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