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.
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.
When you are in a foreign country and get a chance to visit a museum that gets very few overseas visitors you obviously take it. This is what I did with the Baoji Bronzeware Museum anyway.
The Roman Bath have long been on my list of ‘things I have to go and see’ – it’s a formidable list. But I’ve been staring longingly at glossy magazine style images of the green-turquoise waters for too long so I took the plunge (no I didn’t fall in).
Covering 500,000 years of history in a small space is not an easy task, but unperturbed, that is what Salisbury Museum sets out to do; admittedly it focuses on some time periods more than others. But it does it well, incorporating archaeological finds of national importance alongside some truly local bizarre treasures . . . well at least one giant one anyway.
There are a few museums that are just truly magical. Stepping through the stone Pitt Rivers Museum archway from the brightly lit, open atrium of the Oxford Natural History Museum is like stepping into Narnia. The space is darker and noticeably cooler. A hush descends as you step in as all visitors gasp in amazement, their breath taken temporarily stolen when faced with so much history and culture brought together under one roof and displayed in a manner they may never have seen before. Continue reading “Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford”
This is a really short post for a little museum, only one room, but filled to the brim with Greek pottery and thoughtful displays. Established in 1922 by a husband and wife team who wanted to ‘give life and variety to the study of Greek history’, the objects must act as an incredible resource for students. Continue reading “Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, Reading”
I’m a fan of curiosity cabinets. I’m sure it’s considered cliché by many museum curators, but I like the whole style of displaying varied collected items in this kind of aesthetically pleasing manner. A number of the cases at Manchester museum present collections in this style. It gives you the opportunity to see a wide range of objects in a small space. Contrasting colours, shapes, textures set alongside each other make for an impressive display. At Manchester Museum they know how to curate a case. Continue reading “Manchester Museum”
Organised in partnership with the British Museum, the Celts exhibition was first on display in London before moving up to Edinburgh. It investigates the idea of a shared Celtic heritage across ancient Europe and how modern interpretations of ‘Celts’ have been revived, reimagined and in some cases reinvented over time. Due to the ‘no photography’ rule, of which I’m really not a fan, I’m just going to have to use such incredible description that you feel like you’ve seen it with your own eyeballs. Continue reading “Celts Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland”