Night in the Museum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

You would be forgiven for immediately jumping to the conclusion that this post is about a film franchise starring Ben Stiller. It is not. There is a subtle difference in the title (for copyright reasons one wonders?). You might think that this piece is about an over night event at the big museum in The…

How Museums can make things a bit less rubbish

2016 has been a terrible year. We have been collectively mourning the passing of too many beloved celebrities, entertainers and visionaries and if that wasn’t enough, the politics started to get ugly. Uglier. First there was Brexit and more recently Donald Trump was elected to the most powerful office in the world. Needless to day,…

Keeping it classy: Class and Museums

Class is a tricky subject. What does it mean? How do we define it? Usually when I think about class, this sketch comes to mind. Class, as a concept, pretty much boils down to the idea of “knowing one’s place” whatever that means. Does it mean background? Does it have something to do with income?…

I Really Hate Clipboards

Clipboards. Something that no learning department in a school, museum or gallery would be complete without. You know what though? As in, I really hate them. I understand how they can be practical. These wooden boards with a clip on them let you write. These things let you draw. These things let you do those things absolutely…

A Closed and Common Orbit: Museums in books

Another chapter in my series of museums in books – previously, I’ve tackled the representation of the British Museum in Gothic Horror, I’ve looked at private collections in Hitchcockian thrillers and I’ve even ponder the lack of museums in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Today, I’m taking on a rather unexpected genre of book; the space-set…