Famous faces in museums…

Hands up who remembers that magical time when famed singer of song Katy Perry visited the British Museum? Truly it was a marvelous moment in history. I still can’t get over the fist-bump. Katy’s visit got me thinking… most of us museum-folk can remember one time or another when a famous face has paid our…

Statues taking Selfies

The media may tell us that the rise of the selfie has turned us all into shallow, narcissistic vapid excuses for people with, as one newspaper reported back in January over 17 million of them being uploaded every week. I’m sure the number has only gone up since then. Museum Selfies have also become a…

Disobedient Objects at the V&A

A trolley with a mind of its own. A phone that drops calls mid-conversation. The computer that crashes when you’e mid-way through a very important document. These are the things that come to mind when I hear the term “disobedient object.” I think of objects not behaving in the way that they are supposed to,…

Inside Trajan’s Column

Museums are full of secret spaces, with many a door marked “Staff Only” or even hiding in plain sight like this hidden passageway in the British Museum. Some places have secret subterranean tunnels , whilst others have covert, clandestine caveats hiding in plain sight. Actually inside an object, if you can believe it. If you have…

Museum Mannequins

Whenever two or more museum-folk strike up a conversation, it isn’t long until museum-mannequins are brought up. No matter what you do in a museum, you’ll have an opinion on them. And not just any opinion, a strong one. So strong in fact that if anyone disagrees with you then the only way to resolve…

Museums in Books: Kraken

It’s time for another thrilling installment of Museums in Books! This time, I’m not exploring museums from children’s books, no, we’ve graduated to looking at a  book for grown-ups. The book in question: China Miéville’s Kraken. The focus of this book is the Naural History Museum’s giant squid , which you can see on the museum’s…