St Bartholomew’s Museum

It’s not secret that I’m fond of a hidden museum; those fascinating little places, little nooks and crannies hiding all sorts of stories that often get overlooked. I’ve already visited one museum in St Bart’s hospital, the wonderful Pathology Museum which has an interesting little exhibition all about things found in people… but what you might…

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…

Robots of Death!

Way out on the farthest flung reaches of the Piccadilly Line, about a 10 minute walk from Acton Town tube, in the middle of a walled green park sits the former seat of the Rothschild family, now the Gunnersbury Park Museum. Things very nearly went wrong for me before this Museum Adventure had even begun…

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….

The Eagle Has Landed

It is times like this I really love London. It’s one of those rare cities that no matter where you dig, some history will be unearthed. You’ve probably heard about the latest finding, a Roman Eagle from nearly two thousand years ago; a stone-carved wonder that’s had the newspapers raving. “Exceptional” ran the headline of…

All Hallows Crypt Museum

The word “crypt” is a favourite of mine. Not only does it conjure up a whole heap of images, it’s also really good for playing hangman (check out that lack of vowels!). The Museum Adventure I’m writing about today is a very fitting one. Today (the day it has been posted) is All Hallows Day – the…

Jinxed Jewellery: The Case of the Cursed Amethyst.

Safely stored away in the Natural History Museum‘s special display of sparkling diamonds and mysterious meteorites known as The Vault sits a stone with a sinister story. Stolen from an Indian Temple in 1855 during a mutiny, it made its way back to Victorian England with devastating results for all who claimed to own this perplexing…

Greek Tragedy and Gladiators at The Guildhall Art Gallery

First opening its doors in 1886  to display the City of London’s ever expanding collection of art, the Guildhall Art Gallery made a massive discovery just over a century later (102 years later to be precise) when London’s Roman Amphitheatre was *finally* uncovered below the Guildhall Yard. I say “*finally*” because people – and by…

Dulwich Picture Gallery: England’s First Public Art Gallery

If you’ve stumbled across this blog before, you might have noticed that I have an interest in the history of museums after discovering traces of the world’s first museum; the Musaeum Tradescantianum  at the Garden Museum, the Ashmolean and a few others besides. But what about the first Art Gallery? The oldest Art Gallery in the…

Creepy Dolls and Famous Puppets: Pollock’s Toy Museum

Clunk, clunk, ka-ching went the old-fashioned till in the old fashioned store-front of this charmingly old-fashioned toy-shop-cum-museum. It was a very satisfying sound; those heavy clunks followed by the ringing ka-ching. Pollock’s Toy Museum, however is more than just an old fashioned till (even though the til was a really nice way to start this visit)….