An Adventure in the Hungarian National Museum

With its columns and pediment in the neo-classical style, you would be forgiven if, at first site, you thought this is the museum where I spend most of my time but this isn’t that museum. Rather, it’s the Hungarian National Museum, or for those practising their language skills, the Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum. Purpose built in 1847,…

The Fun in Funeral

It’s a universal fact of life that people are weird about death. It comes to all of us, and yet is always such a surprise – do we all secretly think that we’re immortal? A culture’s funeral rites are always very telling, just think about how much we can learn about the Egyptians through mummification, it reveals so…

Going Underground in Budapest

Every great city has its network of subterranean railways to help the inhabitants get from point a to point b. London has her Tube with its famous map and iconic roundel, New York her  almost incomprehensible subway and Paris has her elegant Metro system. It’s a well-known fact that the London Underground is the oldest of…

Eastbourne’s RNLI Museum

I’ve been working at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne since March, and in that time, I’ve been able to explore the town in bits and bobs on lunch breaks, on my way to work, and on my walk home from the station. The lack of places in which one can sit down with a cup…

Celts: Arts and Identity at the British Museum

The Celts. According to a certain popular series of history books they are ‘Cut Throat’ and little else. Little more quick glance at the intricate artwork produced by this civilisation, those complex knots and their graceful lines suggest that there’s more to the Celts that mere cut-throatedness. Is that even a word? Let’s pretend it is for now….