Maggie Thatcher and the IRA Bomber

October 12th 1984: a date that should live on in infamy in British Politics. It was the date when an IRA Bomber detonated an explosive device at Brighton’s Grand Hotel, where the then PM, Margaret Thatcher was staying during the annual Tory Party conference. Regardless of what you think, or indeed thought, of Maggie Thatcher…

Museums and the Movies: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

By now you’re all probably very familiar with my Museums and the Movies series. So far we’ve explored the witchy goings on in the museums in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the wonderful Hocus Pocus as well as seeing one of the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs cause chaos in London. Today, we’re going to look at the role…

The Doctor: A Re-Discovery

I’ve been going through some old photos on my phone recently. As you can imagine, there are snaps from all sorts of museums that I have visited on my Adventures. It was really nice going through them and relive those moments, some of them going back to before I even started blogging (like this one…

Brighton Pavilion’s Secret Tunnels

If you have ever been to Brighton, chances are you’ve visited the fabulous Royal Pavilion, the eye-catchingly exotic former holiday home of the Prince Regent, who later became George IV. Built in stages between 1787 and 1823, the extravagant pleasure house has been many things in its lifetime: Palace, Museum and even a war-time hospital….

Doctor Who in Comics: 1964-2011

 This review first appeared on the Kids in Museums site in 2011 in the days before I had a blog. I thought I’d re-publish it over here so no one misses out. It was such a fantastic exhibition, it’s such a shame it was only a temporary exhibition.  Kids in Museums volunteer, Jack Shoulder has fun exploring…

Museums and the Movies: One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing

“Dinosaurs” as the wonderful Jamie Glavic once declared, “are the gateway drug to all things awesome.” With that in mind, let’s take a look at the latest edition of Museums and the Movies. Previously we’ve explored how an apprentice witch utilised a museum’s collection to defend Great Britain from a Nazi invasion and how some…

Museums are…

Museums are… what exactly? A technical definition is something that is still kind of had to pin down – no matter what official bodies like the Museums Association or the ICOM say, there is always something that insists on being an exception. However, there is an organisation that has more cultural clout than both of these…

Museums and the Movies: Hocus Pocus

After looking at the museum in Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks I thought I’d continue this little theme and look at a museum that is at the heart of another well-loved film. So, I’ve decided to investigate the role of the museum in what the internet regards as one of the best films ever: Hocus Pocus….

The Case of the Crimean Hot Cross Bun

The other evening I had a curious conversation on Twitter. If you follow a lot of museum-y folk, this is something that can occur quite often. This conversation made me smile because it managed to create an overlap with two of my favourite things: museums and baking. Just like Jane Austen’s bread pudding did, although…

Great Fakes: Piltdown Man

After hearing the story of a fake bureau from some dodgy Eastbourne antique dealers on a tour of the Royal Observatory I got to thinking about another great fake: the Piltdown Man. It seems like the South Coast is full of tricksters trying their luck with outrageous (and yet, somehow plausible) fibs. What was the Piltdown…