Frequently Asked Questions about the British Museum

Working in that Big National Museum on Great Russell Street, the one that had a record 6.7 million visitors in 2013 alone, there are certain questions that we get asked regularly. By ‘we’ I mean the people working in my team in education, but I imagine that the same questions are asked by visitors to…

Tour of the Horniman’s Store Rooms of Mystery

It is no secret that Forest Hill’s Horniman Museum is one of my all-time favourites. Not only does it have an eclectic collection, which means it is toe to top full of the weirdest stuff imaginable – from a  couple of Voodoo Altars to a much loved overstuffed Walrus – and that’s just the tip…

Picture This! Children’s Books at the British Library.

A well-written story can paint a wondrous world in our imaginations, sometimes though; a little help doesn’t go amiss, after all they say a picture is worth a thousand words. When I think back to the books I enjoyed as a child, it’s the illustrations as much as the words that I remember. What would…

Richard III at the British Museum

Do you remember when they found a king in a parking space? In my head, whenever I read that it’s to the tune of Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ We Found Love, but that’s besides the point, the archaeologists didn’t find romance in an unexpected location but the did discover the remains of one of the most intriguing kings…

Robots of Death!

Way out on the farthest flung reaches of the Piccadilly Line, about a 10 minute walk from Acton Town tube, in the middle of a walled green park sits the former seat of the Rothschild family, now the Gunnersbury Park Museum. Things very nearly went wrong for me before this Museum Adventure had even begun…

Exploring the Sedgewick Museum

There must be an unwritten rule somewhere that all Natural History Museums *must* be  architecturally stunning.I’m constantly and consistently blown away by all the detailed wonder of London’s Natural History Museum. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is also a sight to behold (check out that roof!). Although not quite in the same awe-inspiring…