The Nightmare Before Christmas

In 1993, Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town discovered Christmas Town but didn’t quite ‘get’ the concept. Nearly 20 years later and skeletons and Christmas are thrown together again… It was the night before the night before the night before Christmas when news broke that that chiefs at The Hunterian Museum have rejected a…

A Christmas Carol

“Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?” exclaimed a London barrow-girl upon hearing the news of the wordsmith’s demise according to those who documented his life. Dickens was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Amongst his many multitudes of achievements, the man is credited with creating the modern idea…

Time for Tea

“I’ll have a triple-shot-extra-huge-extra-skinny-lattechino” barked the woman in front of me in the queue in the world’s most famous coffee-chain-named-after-a-character-from-Moby Dick. The poor, overworked barrista smiled and set to work. Elaborate machines hissed and spluttered while the woman stomped over to collect her order. Just over the road, but a million miles away I had…

Bard Romance

He may have shrugged off this mortal coil in 1616 but it seems that Britain is still in love with Shakespeare. In a recent poll, 75% of British people agreed with the statement: “I am proud of William Shakespeare as a symbol of Britain.” In the wake of these findings, this intrepid Museum Explorer took…