A Homosexual Scene at the British Museum

From the title of this post, you might think I’m going to talk about that scene from Maurice set at the British Museum. Considering there’s a movie adaptation of Maurice, there’s a chance I still might. No, in this Museum Adventure, I’m talking about another homosexual scene at the Museum. This one. I found this vase…

The Long Passage by Malcolm Saville

The latest edition of my Museums in books series sees us go back in time to 1954 with Malcom Saville’s The Long Passage. We’re taking a trip to the seaside, to Brighton to explore the Royal Pavilion and its secrets. From the title, anyone with a scant knowledge of the building can assume we’re likely…

Which cities have the most museums?

It’s come up in quite a few blog posts that I like my numbers. I track the stats for Towner Art Gallery’s Learning programme, and like to keep an eye on how we’re doing with family visitors at the British Museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre too. Numbers, you must realise, only tell a small part…

Ghosts of Exhibitions past…

At work, we’ve been having a bit of a tidy up. I love a good old clear out, something interesting always pops up. This is what I found the last time I tackled the cupboards in our Learning spaces… Unexpected items in the cupboard, part of an ongoing series: a typewriter, glass jars, the Keira…

E. M. Forster’s Maurice: Museums in Books

It’s the return of one of my favourite topics: Museums in Books. This post’s book is E. M. Forster’s Maurice and the museum in it is one I consider my spiritual -and sometimes physical – home; the British Museum.  For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it’s the tale of same-sex love in the early 20th Century,…

The Museum of Transology

Of all the letters in the LGBTQ acronym, the ‘T’ is one that is quite often invisible (although the ‘B’ is also notoriously difficult to find too). The Museum of Transology, a pop-up museum at the London College of Fashion until 22nd April 2017, looks to address this. Trans issues have become much more visible…

Discovering the story behind the V&A’s LGBTQ Tours

The V&A’s LGBTQ Tours are essential. As one of the UK’s biggest museums, it sees a startling number of visitors each year. I’d go from time to time if there was an exhibition that caught my eye, but it was a place that I never felt quite at home in. The stuff in there was nice enough…

Papyrus Museum, Vienna

The Austrian National Library is a wondrous thing, it really is. Not only has it given us a  unique museum about globes, a space to get our heads around a language but also a place to ponder Papyrus.  Papyrus may not be the most interesting of materials. Think about it, it’s just pressed leaves, which, if left…

The Globe Museum Vienna

Airports aren’t the nicest places in the world. Nevertheless, I enjoy travelling. I want to see the world, and who doesn’t? At the museum at the centre of this post, I saw the world again and again. The Globe Museum in Vienna is conveniently housed in the same building as the Esperanto Museum ,  which makes sense…

Looking at the numbers.

I’m the go-to stats person at work, well, one of them. I like numbers, I like records and I like to see how many people we are reaching. That’s why I get excited when I see the DCMS publishes a new set of stats, like the fresh of the press Sponsored Museums Performance Indicators. Now,…