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…

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…

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,…

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….