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”
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.
Do we go to museums to see wonders? Perhaps things we couldn’t see anywhere else in the world; animals that are now extinct like dinosaurs or dodos, or creatures that we may never get a chance to stand alongside like whales or naked mole rats? I would say that we probably do, but that this is a bit of a ridiculous desire considering we don’t know how interesting the everyday animals in our lives are.
Swimming through the air, mouth gaping, back arched as it dives; the newly displayed Blue Whale in the Hintz Hall of the Natural History Museum is spectacular. I was upset to hear that Dippy the Diplodocus was going to be replaced. He had been the guardian of the Hintz Hall for each of my visits, so it was hard to imagine how anything could take his place.
If you’ve somehow managed to miss hearing about archaeology occurring as part of the creation of the Elizabeth Line, you must have been avoiding the news for years. This brilliant temporary exhibition highlights the key archaeological sites as well as some of the interesting finds related to the Crossrail project. Opening with a film alongside a wall painted with Crossrail facts, you’re instantly aware of the years of planning, effort and archaeology that have gone into the Cross-rail tunnel.
It’s taken me a month to get to this gem of a temporary exhibition but gosh darn it, it was worth the wait! Imagine if a museum asked visitors what they wanted to display . . . if they just put out a theme and then said ‘go on then, bring us stuff’. I mean that would be chaos, that would be insane, that would be A FLIPPING BRILLIANT IDEA WELLCOME COLLECTION – YOU UTTER LEGENDS.