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…

The Long Passage by Malcolm Saville

The latest edition of my Museums in books series sees us go back in time to 1954 with Malcom Saville’s The Long Passage. We’re taking a trip to the seaside, to Brighton to explore the Royal Pavilion and its secrets. From the title, anyone with a scant knowledge of the building can assume we’re likely…

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,…

A Closed and Common Orbit: Museums in books

Another chapter in my series of museums in books – previously, I’ve tackled the representation of the British Museum in Gothic Horror, I’ve looked at private collections in Hitchcockian thrillers and I’ve even ponder the lack of museums in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Today, I’m taking on a rather unexpected genre of book; the space-set…

Harry Potter and the Material Culture of Wizards

Today is September 1st. This morning, witches and wizards would have gathered on the concourse of King’s Cross station, making their way to the magical Platform 9 ¾ as discreetly as possible lest a muggle notices them vanish into a brick wall, before catching the Hogwarts Express departing promptly at 11.30. I should have been…

Museums in books: Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was first published on 26th May, all the way back in 1897. The story of the infamous blood-sucking Count has been retold almost countless times since it was first written, well maybe not countless. According to The Telegraph, the eponymous vampire has made an appearance in over 1000 novels and 200 films. But…

Museums in Books: Kraken

It’s time for another thrilling installment of Museums in Books! This time, I’m not exploring museums from children’s books, no, we’ve graduated to looking at a  book for grown-ups. The book in question: China Miéville’s Kraken. The focus of this book is the Naural History Museum’s giant squid , which you can see on the museum’s…

Museums in Books: The History Keepers

Welcome back to another Museums in Books! Previously I’ve explored The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy and now I’m turning my museum-y gaze to another book aimed at younger readers -Damian Dibben’s The History Keepers.   You might recall me mentioning Damian Dibben in a previous post. Well, that’s because Damian is a big fan of…

Museums in Books: The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy

After exploring how museums are portrayed in the movies,  I thought it was time to see what authors do with museums. Alas, Museums in Books is nowhere near as catchy a title as Museums and the Movies but I suppose it will have to do. To kick this new series off, I’m going to look at The Mystery of…