Behind the Scenes at the Royal Observatory

I love getting behind the scenes; whether that means exploring a mysterious warehouse full of weird things or navigating my way around a depot full of old buses and trains. Getting to go behind the scenes in a museum is something that I will never tire of. This weekend I was lucky enough to get a back-stage…

The Secret Door to Enlightenment

Those of who read this blog regularly know that I work at the British Museum.  It has inspired me to write many a blog post (this one is still my favourite). No matter how many hours, days, weeks, months, and indeed years I spend toiling away there, the museum always finds a way to surprise me….

The Art of the Game

So today, whilst doing actual legitimate research for work (no, really) I stumbled across this rather remarkable painting. It’s called The Art of the Game by Michael J. Browne and you can find it at the National Football Museum. It was painted in 1997 and, as you can see – it can only be described…

11 Questions to a Museum Blogger on Museum Blog Day

Today, 19th March 2014 is #MuseumBlogs day on Twitter (go and join in the conversation!). It was organised by the lovely people behind two of my favourite Museum Blogs: Museum Diary (which turns 3 today!) and MuseumMinute. To mark #MuseumBlog day, Museum Diary answered 11 Questions sent to her by the NaturkundeMuseum. These 11 questions…

Open Day at the London Transport Museum’s Depot

The London Transport Museum do good events. It’s funny, I haven’t visited the actual Museum yet, but I’ve been to two, two of their  events. The first was a while ago, when we went exploring Aldwych Tube station. The second happened this weekend, at their big depot in Acton (which is just down the road from the Gunnersbury…

Discoveries at Two Temple Place

Having recently taken a trip to Cambridge  it was music to my ears (or the more visual equivalent, a painting to my eyes perhaps?) to discover that the museums of Cambridge were taking a trip to London. To Two Temple Place to be exact, for a quirky exhibition called Discoveries. Usually I loathe  the word ‘quirky’…

Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum

In keeping with the current tradition of massive blockbusters such as Shakespeare: Staging the World and Pompeii the British Museum have unleashed their latest must-see exhibition: Vikings: Life and Legend. This is the first major exhibition about the Vikings at the British Museum since 1980 when this joyous thing happened. This photo was taken during our 1980…

Spitting Image at the Cartoon Museum

Fans of puppets and political satire are in for a treat as the Cartoon Museum has opened a new exhibition celebrating the infamous television programme Spitting Image called Spitting Image: From Start to Finish.  Spitting Image was notorious for its grotesque puppets as well as its (arguably) grotesque content: ‘tasteless’, ‘degrading’ and ‘twisted’ programme which ‘exceeded the bounds…