Under the Sea at the Diving Museum

This weekend saw museums fling open their doors after dark for the annual cultural extravaganza that is Museums at Night.  You might have seen this post which included a brief round up of Museum at Night events , if you did see that one, then you’ll know I was headed to the Diving Museum in Gosport.  Although…

Museums at Night 2014: Where will you go?

You might have noticed that  the annual late night cultural extravaganza Museums at Night is nearly upon us. If you haven’t, well, where on earth have you been? Quick, follow them on Twitter immediately (they’re @MuseumsAtNight) or you can join their mailing list to keep track of what’s going on). Anyway, the three day night extravaganza…

“Do Not Touch”…?

“Do Not Touch.” These are three little words that litter museums and galleries the world over. I see the point of the signs urging people not to touch things (or in some cases “Touch them with your eyes.” No, really.) but there is something alienating about seeing the message “HANDS OFF!” everywhere you look. “THIS…

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…

Victorian Punch

Twilight was starting to set in as I made my way through picturesque Kensington, looking for yet another one of London’s secret museums. I was on the lookout for the little known 18 Stafford Terrace -the family seat of the Sambourne clan- which for the first time in its history was putting on a special event for…

Museums at Night Ahoy!

Ahoy, maties! Welcome aboard the Cutty Sark– or as auto-correct would have it, the Curry Shark-  the lastest ever Tea Clipper (launched on 22nd November 1869) and fastest ever, completing her globe-spanning journey in an astonishing and record-breaking 73 days. I have a go at breaking this record, but more on that later. But what am I doing…