Micrarium Selfies at the Grant Museum

January 18th 2017 was #MuseumSelfie day. And, what is museum selfie day? This is how the indefatigable Mar Dixon, the mastermind behind the day describes it :  A day to share selfies either in museums or around museums.  These can be on the day or ones from previous visits.  This is a FUN DAY to…

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…

Interesting Interpretation

A little while ago, I wrote a post about museum labels. I was thinking about how these short strings of words have so much power for something so brief, but the labels are just one part of something called interpretation. In Museum Land, ‘interpretation’ is everything that the museum does to help you make sense of…

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…

H. G. Wells: A Brief (and, quite frankly, weird) Museum Trail

Today, I had a conversation on Twitter that I think deserves to be shared with everyone. The conversation began, as many do, with a question. The question in question popped into my head because I’ve been planning future museum adventures and there was a specific object I wanted to see, so I tweeted the museum…

Treasure Hunting at UCL: A Museums at Night Adventure

Friday evening, myself and a couple of colleagues from Culture24 congregated in the central quad at University College London. What were we doing in ungodly Gower Street at such an ungodly hour? Well, dear readers, we were off to join the chase and follow the clues for the UCL Museums‘ “It’s Elemental: Treasure Hunt” event, which…

Honey, I Shrunk the Museum

Have you seen  The Grant Museum‘s new thing? You’d be forgiven if you missed it. It’s a Micrarium; a place for tiny things. 95% of known animals are smaller than a thumb, the museum tells us, and this is a chance to see a selection of those tiny objects that are often kept in storage……

London’s Secret Museums: The Grant Museum of Zoology

I really love the word ‘Zoology.’ It has all the best bits of the alphabet in it; all the letters that just make words fun, and somehow, it manages to have both too few and too many vowels at the same time. Have a go saying it… it is just fun isn’t it? You can…