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….

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?…

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…

Hockney at Tate and the British Museum

Now is a very good time to be a David Hockney fan.  The Bigger Splash painter is starring in a major retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain, has a small but significant showing of his Cavafy prints at the British Museum and back at Tate Britain, Hockney is playing a supporting role in Queer British Art. All…

Museums in Books: A Room of One’s Own

It’s the return of my favourite series in my adventures in museums, Museums in Books.  In this instalment, I’m looking at A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Now, I’m not usually a fan of Virginia Woolf’s work. I did, however, enjoy Orlando, but the protagonist is essentially a timelord which made it so much…

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…

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,…

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…