Blood, Guts and Chocolate Cake

This weekend, the Pathology Museum at St. Bart’s Hospital, London hosted a very different kind of temporary exhibition; Eat Your Heart Out. Cakes and museums. Two of my favourite things! Well, three if you count my museum buddy, Imogen. At this point I was tempted to insert a joke about the quality of food in museums…

Secrets of the Freemasons

What springs to mind when you think of the Freemasons?  Maybe building the Pyramids? Perhaps you think of how they supposedly brought about the French Revolution? Or maybe, like me, you think of secret handshakes and mysterious rituals. The conspiracy theories surrounding this secret society are almost endless, so I decided to visit the Library and…

The Garden Museum: You can’t mistake its Botany

There comes a time every year where I get an overwhelming urge to start growing a herb garden. Each time I get packets and packets of seeds, pots and some earth in order to make the perfect window-sill herb garden. Each year, well, lets just say instead of a lush, fecund mini-garden I end up…

The Fan Museum: Rippers and Spies

Having opened in 1991 The Fan Museum was the first museum in the world dedicated to the art of the fan. I’ve mentioned the Fan Museum when I met one of their award winning volunteers and it has been on My Ever Growing List of Museums To Visit, and finally I’ve been able to make it there. Housed in…

Pevensey Courthouse and Museum

Inspired by my friend Rosie’s thrilling account of her trip to this tiny but perfectly formed local museum at the Museums Showoff last Thursday, I decided to follow in her footsteps and see if her incredible tales were true… It’s surprising that such a small building could function as a working Court House and gaol for that…