When I first started writing this blog in 2016, the idea that museums would be closed to the public because of a global pandemic had, unsurprisingly, never crossed my mind. Yet here we are. Instead of adding to the list of museums I’ve been to, I’ve spent the past year making ‘to visit’ lists. I am definitely regretting my blasé, ‘I’ll do it later’, pre-pandemic … Continue reading Museum of Portable Sound, Online
The politest thing I could say about this year is that it has given me the sense of living through something historic. Frankly, I think I’d rather not live through interesting times, it’s been unpleasant to say the least.Continue reading “2020 Summary; featuring ‘A Brave New World’ and ‘From Where I Stand’”
It feels a bit like we are living in an episode of Black Mirror doesn’t it? Like everyone else, I had a lot of plans for this year, but now phrases like “social distancing” and words like “furlough” are the new norm and I am back at home with my parents. The world, which seemed very big, is now the size of our house. Continue reading “Virtual Museum of Broken Relationships, Online”
Medical museums are not for the faint hearted. If the idea of seeing skeletons or human body parts floating in formaldehyde repulses then these museums are to be avoided at all cost. Personally I find these places fascinating. In a society where death and dying are taboo subjects and even the bodies of family members tend to be dealt with in hospital rather than at home, we rarely see death other than on a television screen. Continue reading “Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh”
If you ask google what a museum is it describes it as building that stores and displays objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest. In 1998 the Museums Association agreed to define museums as places that ‘enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society’.