His World, Salisbury Museum

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.

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The Museum of Ordinary Animals, Grant Museum, London

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.

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Whales: Beneath the surface, Natural History Museum, London

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.

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Tunnel: Archaeology of Crossrail, Museum of London Dockland

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.

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A Museum of Modern Nature, Wellcome Collection

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.

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Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, V&A Museum

Now my Latin is not up to scratch, so if I read ‘Opus Anglicanum’ without the tag line that follows it I would have had to look up what this exhibition was about. However, this title hopefully entices curiosity rather than causing complete brain shutdown because the objects on display in this temporary exhibition are sublime.

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Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, The British Library

Who doesn’t love a good map? They offer us a way to physically see where we are and what the world around us looks like, they can be pocket portals presenting space and they get us from A – B. This exhibition at the British Library not only supports a lovely for cartography but presents the variation within the map world in the 20th century.

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Colour and Vision, Natural History Museum, London

I must confess I have been meaning to visit this exhibition for a long time. I loved the look of the advertising poster; a colourful iris, striking on a black background, made up of hundreds of different coloured museum objects. It had been peering accusingly down at me from tube adverts and bus stops for weeks. But I finally managed to find the time in exhibitions last week, and I was not disappointed. Continue reading “Colour and Vision, Natural History Museum, London”

Fire Fire, Museum of London

It’s 350 years since London was struck by an infamous disaster. A not so ‘great’ fire, burning over 4 days before being tamed, destroying a huge swathe of London in its wake. Starting on Sunday 2nd December, it went on until Wednesday 5th September. This excellent exhibition explores the fire, the aftermath and the rebuild of London, incorporating numerous different interactives alongside objects ranging from letters to an early fire fighting machine. Continue reading “Fire Fire, Museum of London”

Animals Inside Out, Centre for Life, Newcastle

The thing about plastination, a technique created by Gunther von Hagens that in essence freezes the deceased into plastic, is that it just doesn’t look real. When visiting Animals Inside Out at the Centre for Life you do need to keep reminding yourself that these are not just exact models of animals, anatomically correct in every detail, they are so accurate and detailed because they were once alive. Continue reading “Animals Inside Out, Centre for Life, Newcastle”