Batman Comes to Brighton

After this headline from the Brighton Argus on 17th July, it shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that the caped crusader would spend an extended stay in the city by the sea. What with it’s state of eternal drizzle and (indo-)gothic architecture, all Brighton really needs is a high crime rate and a motley…

Brighton Pavilion’s Secret Tunnels

If you have ever been to Brighton, chances are you’ve visited the fabulous Royal Pavilion, the eye-catchingly exotic former holiday home of the Prince Regent, who later became George IV. Built in stages between 1787 and 1823, the extravagant pleasure house has been many things in its lifetime: Palace, Museum and even a war-time hospital….

Great Fakes: Piltdown Man

After hearing the story of a fake bureau from some dodgy Eastbourne antique dealers on a tour of the Royal Observatory I got to thinking about another great fake: the Piltdown Man. It seems like the South Coast is full of tricksters trying their luck with outrageous (and yet, somehow plausible) fibs. What was the Piltdown…

Cats in Museums

Like the Ancient Egyptians before us, we live in a world in which cats are the highest power. You can almost hear the archaeologists of the future “Behold,” they would grandly declare before their students of Internet Archaeology who sift through digital debris in search for the truth about life in the 21st Century. “The…

Object Stories at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

“Brighton and Hove,” the new Object Stories trail at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery tells us, “is often referred to as the gay capital of the UK.” With that status in mind, this new trail explores objects in the museum with a link to the history of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans) community….

Top 5 Animal Mummies

Yes, you did read the title correctly! Today I am exploring and revealing the top 5 mummified animals I have found in my adventures so far. We all know the Egyptians would mummify their dead, but not everyone realises that they would also mummify their animals too. There is lots of evidence to suggest that…

Oh I do like to be beside the sea, and drink tea

What do you do after you’ve learnt about dead Egyptians? That’s right; you explore the rest of the museum and see what other treats are on offer. Luckily the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has plenty including, oddly, a puppet theatre. I felt obligated to try it out. Amazing. But what else do you do? …

Oh, I do like to be beside the Seaside…

“How doth the little crocodile/Improve his shining tail/And pour the waters of the Nile/On every shining scale!” How doth he indeed, mused Alice soon after she ran after the rabbit. Lately I’ve been spending my time thinking about the Nile and Egypt in general, and in ancient terms specifically. Nothing too taxing, mind you. Starting…