Family Friendly Museum Awards 2014: The Finalists

After revealing the Family Friendly Museum award longlist, it’s time to tell you who made the final cut. But before I tell you the names, I thought I’d explain a bit about how Kids in Museums went about whittling the long list down to the final six… The short listing is the only part of…

Museums in Books: The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy

After exploring how museums are portrayed in the movies,  I thought it was time to see what authors do with museums. Alas, Museums in Books is nowhere near as catchy a title as Museums and the Movies but I suppose it will have to do. To kick this new series off, I’m going to look at The Mystery of…

Behind the Scenes at Preston Manor

There’s no surer way of provoking interest than by putting up a big ol’ sign saying “No.” This “no” could be followed by anything, really. In Museum Land, there are usually lots of “nos” for us to deal with: no photos, no touching, no licking the objects… Usually we understand not to do these things,…

Interesting Interpretation

A little while ago, I wrote a post about museum labels. I was thinking about how these short strings of words have so much power for something so brief, but the labels are just one part of something called interpretation. In Museum Land, ‘interpretation’ is everything that the museum does to help you make sense of…

What’s in a [museum] label?

We’re told in life that labels don’t matter. We shouldn’t put labels on all sorts of things be they other people, relationships, even ourselves. These everyday labels are all metaphorical and are mostly rubbish. The only ones that really matter are the ones on your groceries if you happen to share a house. Especially the…

Curious Cabinet…

When I’m not adventuring in museums or doing funky digital education-y stuff in them either, I write about them. No, I don’t mean my blog (thank you for reading it by the way). I work at Culture24, specifically on their children’s site Show Me, which will be launching soon. It’s very exciting, as soon as…

The weirdest museum ever?

Although I haven’t visited the museum in the physical world yet, I am a massive fan of the Wellcome Collection. Not only have they made all their images accessible and free to use but their whole digital thing is very good indeed. Just check out their twitter feed to get an idea of what I…

The Unlucky Mummy

She’s back! One of the British Museum’s most infamous residents is back on display. What do you mean you’ve never heard of the Unlucky Mummy? Is she really that unlucky? Well, not according to the museum’s official record of the Mummy. Well, technically it isn’t a Mummy, but rather the casing. Long-term readers of this…

What’s in a name?

It’s all about the mummies at the British Museum. To be honest, it’s usually mostly about the mummies, but the Ancient Lives exhibition has really meant that these long-gone Ancient Egyptians really are centre stage. A celebrity endorsement didn’t hurt things either. You might have seen a certain Global Songstress wind her way around the galleries. …

The Museum of Broken Relationships: Heart Break in 12 Objects

It seems like as soon as one temporary pop-up museum closes, another one opens. This summer the Museum of Broken Relationships is back in London and I am very excited about this. I first stumbled across the pop-up museum of heart-break a few years ago, when it was in a tucked away corner of Covent…

A Real Life Iron Throne in the British Museum

The Iron Throne might be literature’s most coveted chairs as the players and the pawns of GRRM’s notoriously bloody series of books A Song of Ice and Fire more commonly known by its televisial adaptations moniker of Game of Thrones scheme and plot and battle for this most spiky of seats. (Yes, we do know it’s not…