Ashmolean Museum: Britain’s Oldest Museum

The one thing the Ashmolean really shouts about -despite all the really amazing stuff inside- is that it is Britain’s oldest museum, pre-dating the British Museum by over 100 years. The Ashmolean has it’s roots in the Musaeum Tradescantianum which you might remember from the Garden Museum Adventure. Interestingly the building that is currently known as…

Danger, Danger High Voltage: Faraday Museum

Quite literally hidden in the depths of the Royal Institution of Great Britain lies the Faraday Museum: the namesake of one of Britian’s most famous scientists,  Michael Faraday, who worked in the Institution and discovered many important things about electricity. Here you can see objects and artefacts that reveal the story of over 200 years of scientific…

The Freud Museum: You Can’t Mistake Its Psychology

“Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar” declared Freud famously. Well maybe he did, the museum freely admits it has no idea how it became attributed to him. It probably has it’s roots in Freud’s cigar smoking habit and his tendency to see hidden meanings in things. I wonder if he ever shopped here? Freud and…

The Prime Minister and the Playwright at the Cigar Museum

In a certain area of London you will find shops selling one of only three things; Ugly Shoes, Art and Cigars.  Do you know the area I’m talking about? Well, in this magical area of London there is a secret museum, hidden, as it were in the heady fug of cigar smoke. You really wouldn’t…