Found in drawers

There is a perception that we know everything about everything that’s in museums. By ‘we’ I mean ‘people who work in museums’ be they curator, conservator, educator or whatever. There’s a very good chance that between the entire workforce of a given museum, you can cover pretty much everything in stores. Sometimes there’s an unexpected…

Behind the Scenes at Preston Manor

There’s no surer way of provoking interest than by putting up a big ol’ sign saying “No.” This “no” could be followed by anything, really. In Museum Land, there are usually lots of “nos” for us to deal with: no photos, no touching, no licking the objects… Usually we understand not to do these things,…

Spirit Tour at the Natural History Museum

Despite being called a Spirit Tour, and taking place in a part of the Natural History Museum dubbed The Spirit Building, this particular Museum Adventure has absolutely nothing to do with ghosts whatsoever (for those kinds of Museum Adventures, look over here…) I know, it’s a bit disappointing isn’t it? But never fear, although there…

Behind the Scenes at the Royal Observatory

I love getting behind the scenes; whether that means exploring a mysterious warehouse full of weird things or navigating my way around a depot full of old buses and trains. Getting to go behind the scenes in a museum is something that I will never tire of. This weekend I was lucky enough to get a back-stage…

Open Day at the London Transport Museum’s Depot

The London Transport Museum do good events. It’s funny, I haven’t visited the actual Museum yet, but I’ve been to two, two of their  events. The first was a while ago, when we went exploring Aldwych Tube station. The second happened this weekend, at their big depot in Acton (which is just down the road from the Gunnersbury…

Tour of the Horniman’s Store Rooms of Mystery

It is no secret that Forest Hill’s Horniman Museum is one of my all-time favourites. Not only does it have an eclectic collection, which means it is toe to top full of the weirdest stuff imaginable – from a  couple of Voodoo Altars to a much loved overstuffed Walrus – and that’s just the tip…

Going Underground at Aldwych Tube Station

There’s something mysterious about the maze of tunnels winding their way through the ground below the city. I’m not really sure why we’re so fascinated with this particular form of public transport. Maybe it’s because our imaginations go into overdrive during those subterranean commutes as we desperately avoid any kind of social interactions with strangers….