Museums at Night Ahoy!

Ahoy, maties! Welcome aboard the Cutty Sark– or as auto-correct would have it, the Curry Shark-  the lastest ever Tea Clipper (launched on 22nd November 1869) and fastest ever, completing her globe-spanning journey in an astonishing and record-breaking 73 days. I have a go at breaking this record, but more on that later. But what am I doing…

Honey, I Shrunk the Museum

Have you seen  The Grant Museum‘s new thing? You’d be forgiven if you missed it. It’s a Micrarium; a place for tiny things. 95% of known animals are smaller than a thumb, the museum tells us, and this is a chance to see a selection of those tiny objects that are often kept in storage……

The Doctor will see you now…

I had heard rumours, but was it true? I mean, you type it in that well-known search engine (that one that has too many gs and os in it) and it’s still difficult to track down. Could there really be a museum dedicated to a mysterious alien with no name? Does the Doctor Who Museum really,…

An Eternal Flame: London’s Olympic Legacy at the Museum of London

It seemed like it was an age in coming. The build up seemed endless. No one really thought we’d be ready in time, until an American Presidential Candidate questioned London’s preparedness. Then all of a sudden the Games were upon us, announcing itself in the patriotic and defiant roar of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony. All…

All Fired Up: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

” ‘Ho, Diomed, well met! Do you sup with Glaucus to-night?’ said a young man of small stature, who wore his tunic in those effeminate folds which proved him to be a coxcomb.” So begins Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Last Days of Pompeii. The year was 79 AD, the  towns were twofold- Pompeii and its close neighbour Herculaneum- and…