Why I quit a dream job

In my very first post about my adventures in museum land I wrote about getting a job at a museum. Not just any museum, but one of the best museums in the world, with over 8 million artefacts under its care and the one that has been consistently the most visited museum in the UK….

Let’s look at the numbers

It’s that time of year again when everyone in the museum sector gets more than a little bit obsessed with numbers. It’s year end report time, a chance for us to maybe shout and celebrate or maybe think “What on Earth happened?”. Each museum, gallery or cultural site has its own number-story to tell at…

Burning Out

Once upon a time, when we talked about burnouts, we meant a very specific group. You might recognise them from various films set in high schools that suffered from particularly aggressive clique problems. Usually this group could be observed lounging around, talking it easy,  laughing to themselves. The very epitome of ‘chilled.’ Like this young…

Stand up for Towner

Towner Art Gallery is under threat. As the largest gallery in the South East outside of London, and with an annual visitor figure in around the 150,000 region, with an exciting exhibition programme and a Learning Programme that reaches thousands of children, young people, and adults – often working with the most vulnerable members of…

Heads of Hadrian

I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about the various identities objects carry with them. Specifically, LGBTQ identities have been on my mind. There’s one in particular that I’ve been pondering; Hadrian’s. His face is on the cover on the big gay book of big gay museum objects. Ok, so maybe it’s not so big….

Achilles and Penthesliea: An LGBTQ Vase?

Ever since learning about what makes an object LGBTQ I’ve been thinking about the identities of some of my favourite objects at the British Museum. Being a Classicist by training, my thoughts naturally drifted towards the Greece and Roman collections. It’s a part of the collection that should have a multitude of LGBTQ objects (they don’t…

A closer look at the Rosetta Stone

Discovered on 15th July 1799 -or should that be re-discovered?- the Rosetta Stone has become the most visited artefact in the most visited museum in the UK. Of the nearly 6.5 million visitors the British Museum welcomed in 2016, you can bet that the vast majority of them came to see the Rosetta Stone. If…

What makes an object LGBTQ?

With the Pride flag flying high over the British Museum during London Pride 2017, what better time for the museum to host a discussion about the LGBTQ objects in its 8 million strong collection.  If objects are like people, then there’s a very good chance that 10% of these objects are gay. But objects aren’t people?…

The Family Friendly Museum Award: Shortlist announced!

After combing through nearly 750 nominations for nearly 100 museums up and down the UK, Kids in Museums is announcing their short list for the Family Friendly Museum Award. The award has been running since 2004, and remains the only Museum Award that allows the visitors to call the shots and decide who wins. So, who…

What is the Museum world’s favourite Disney song?

Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid’s Oscar Award winning score is the go-to Disney anthem for anything museological. It’s about a collection and a desire for knowledge with just a soupcon of teenage angst thrown in for good measure. I’ve referenced it in more than one blog post, the fab team at The Ministry of…

Exploring LGBTQ Histories at the British Museum

I’m back at the British Museum, this time exploring their LGBTQ Histories in a new display in room 69a, Desire, Love, Identity. The exhibition draws on a couple of projects the British Museum has undertaken to unearth some of the hidden histories in its 8 million strong collection. We are seeing quite a bit of this kind…