Katy Perry Visits the British Museum

This evening, social media aficionado and popular singer of song Katy Perry instagrammed and tweeted her way through a visit to the British Museum. Truly, it was a beautiful thing, something out of a Teenage Dream, and  it was just like the movies. The I Kissed a Girl chanteuse started got the party started with…

Ancient Lives New Discoveries at the British Museum

It goes without saying that the British Museum does mummies well. It’s like saying that the Natural History Museum is good for dinosaurs. Or the Science Museum is good for, well, science. People are still talking about the 1972 Tutankhamun exhibition, like Bettany Hughes at the Tower of London and tourists always ask to see the treasures of…

The Ravens at the Tower of London

You might have noticed that I was at the Tower of London recently. Well, while I was there I got chatting to a couple of lovely people who work at Historic Royal Palaces about the famous feathered residents of the Tower, the Ravens. An attempted murder? Now, we all know the legend that if the six…

Kids in Museums: At the Tower of London

For a long time now, I’ve been volunteering with Kids in Museums, a charity who have set out to make museums and galleries more aware of issues affecting family visitors as well as encouraging dialogues between museums and family visitors. Those museums who are actively subscribe to the ethos of being open and welcoming to families…

Museums and the Movies: The Mummy Returns

Hands up if you’ve ever said “YOU MUST NOT READ FROM THE BOOK!” in menacing tones, just as someone was about to pick up a book. It is, of course, a warning from The Mummy (1999) about reading from the Book of the Dead. Even though it’s entirely safe to read from the book –…

How a moth started a good conversation

If this was a late Victorian novel, this post would have a long-winded and over-blown subtitle. Something along the lines of “Or, How Posting A Picture Of A Moth Prompted An Unexpected But Lovely Conversation With A National Museum.”  But, the fact of the matter is, this is a blog post, not a late Victorian novel,…

Under the Sea at the Diving Museum

This weekend saw museums fling open their doors after dark for the annual cultural extravaganza that is Museums at Night.  You might have seen this post which included a brief round up of Museum at Night events , if you did see that one, then you’ll know I was headed to the Diving Museum in Gosport.  Although…

The Other Side of the Medal: how Germany saw the First World War

Although the Great War is usually referred to as the First World War, there is a tendency, in this country at least, to only think about it from the British perspective, instead of thinking about the ‘World’ bit. We grow up with the mentality that because we were on the winning side, ours is the…

Museums at Night 2014: Where will you go?

You might have noticed that  the annual late night cultural extravaganza Museums at Night is nearly upon us. If you haven’t, well, where on earth have you been? Quick, follow them on Twitter immediately (they’re @MuseumsAtNight) or you can join their mailing list to keep track of what’s going on). Anyway, the three day night extravaganza…

Museums and the Movies: Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Welcome back to the latest Museums and the Movies! Today Our subject is a reboot of a childhood classic. Well, a sequel to the reboot. The first live action Scooby Doo film was a dream come true. It was one of those rarest of things; a TV show-turned Motion Picture that was actually good, breathing new life…

Spirit Tour at the Natural History Museum

Despite being called a Spirit Tour, and taking place in a part of the Natural History Museum dubbed The Spirit Building, this particular Museum Adventure has absolutely nothing to do with ghosts whatsoever (for those kinds of Museum Adventures, look over here…) I know, it’s a bit disappointing isn’t it? But never fear, although there…

Superheroes at the V&A Museum of Childhood

You’ve probably seen my recent post about various objects that have been confiscated from school-kids on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood. If you haven’t, I can wait patiently whilst you check it out, it’ll only take a minute or two… Back already, my, that was quick! Now, that display is in the foyer, and…