Alice’s Adventures in Guinnessland

Believe it or not, the title above is not about our intrepid adventurer’s descent into alcoholism, but rather an advertising campaign by Guinness. When exactly, I don’t think the sign said… but where exactly I discovered this little gem was the Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging ; a delightful little treasure-trove in Notting Hill….

On the Train to Neverwhere

This Adventure isn’t inspired by Wonderland; this is more of an arm chair adventure. Well, to be more accurate it is a train seat adventure. Recently I’ve been plagued with transport issues and while these issues aren’t brilliant for keeping to a timetable -there have been many, many refrains of “I’m late! I’m late!”- it…

A Very Mad Tea-Party (Part One in an Ongoing Series)

“…It’s always six o’clock now.” A bright idea came into Alice’s head. “Is that the reason so many tea-things are put here?” she asked. “Yes that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time.”   And so the Mad Hatter explains away his tea-party. A continuous tea party and an ingenious solution to…

Ode on a Grecian Marble 2: The Curse of Minerva

Exciting title isn’t it? It kind of sounds like a sequel to one of the better class of action/adventure movies, with that in mind it’s time to hold on to your potatoes as my latest Adventure in Museum Land takes us back to where our last one left off, with the famous Parthenon Marbles. In…

Ode on a Grecian Marble.

In my last post, I got a little bit carried away with the references to Shelley’s Ozymandias because I was taken by the fact that an object that had been taken completely out of context could still provoke such a strong reaction. This got me thinking… what other objects have inspired poets? Only a room…

Down the Rabbit Hole.

Like Alice, once I stumbled into the rabbit hole, I carried on regardless “…never once considering how in the world to get out again.” Unlike Alice, it was not a tardy bunny that led me on the path to working in Museums but rather a series of things that I’m still trying to work out….