Robots, Science Museum, London

*Broad sweeping statement* . . . Robots creep me out a little bit. I find mechanisms fascinating, but there is something about the desire to make a machine look human that I find quite bizarre. So I headed off to face my fear (or at least try to understand why there seems to be a desire for humanoid machines) at the Science Museums blockbuster ‘Robots’ exhibition, which sets out to tell a 500-year story of mechanical humans and our desire to re-create ourselves as machines.

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Eton Museum of Antiquities

The newly opened Jafar Gallery has nothing to do with Disney’s Aladdin, but it is full of an exotic collection of antiquities. The core of the collection consists of items gathered by an old Etonian Major William Joseph Myers, who bequeathed them to the Headmaster of Eton College upon his death at the end of the 19th century. It also includes gifts from the Duke of Newcastle, Lord Carnarvon of Tutankhamun fame and as well as items from archaeologist Leonard Woolley’s Al-Mina excavations.

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, London

Up what feels like a contender for the narrowest flight of spiral stairs in London, you’ll find the wonderful world of the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. Located in the loft of the 300 year old St Thomas’ church is the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe, dating back to 1822.

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Human Remains in Museums

Whether or not museums should have and display human remains is a much debated topic and a very interesting one. It’s also one that’s close to my heart having completed a dissertation as part of my Masters in Museum Studies entitled ‘What frameworks do different repositories in Northern Ireland follow in relation to the care of human remains’.

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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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