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 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…

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…

Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna

Sigmund Freud is the most well-known psychologist in the science’s history. Ask anyone to name someone associated with psychology and chances are it is Freud that they’ll name. But it is not just in psychology that we see Freud’s legacy – he has left quite a few museums in his wake. In this blog post…

Sunken Cities: Under the Sea

“The human world,” a friendly crab once warned, “is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.” Words as true now as when they were spoken. The artefacts on display in Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds have been blissfully below the waves for over a thousand years, since the…

Acropolis now!

Whilst in Athens, I couldn’t not go to the Acropolis Museum. In fact, it was the very first museum I set foot in during my stay in the Greek capital. Funnily enough, my visit to Athens coincided with Greek Orthodox Easter as well as a couple of other Public Holidays, which meant that there was…

Defining Beauty at the British Museum

What is Beauty? Is Beauty Truth? Is Truth Beauty? It’s a question and a definition that philosophers have been debating for millennia, so it’s brave of the British Museum to try and define such an indefinable concept in their current exhibition: Defining Beauty: the body in Greek art. Let’s be clear here – we aren’t…