All Aboard The Mary Rose

Portsmouth’s famous Historic Dockyard has just opened a brand new museum. At the time of writing it is so new the plastic wrapping had only just been taken off. I’m talking about the brand-spanking new, £35 million Mary Rose Museum. It’s not often one gets to look at a brand new museum, so with the infamous…

Anne of Cleves House

“Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived,” runs the little rhyme that helps us to keep track of what happened to Henry VIII’s six wives. Keep this rhyme in mind, trust me, it is important to today’s adventure. Today’s visit was to Anne of Cleves House in Lewes, Sussex. Anne was the fourth wife of the…

Shakespeare: Staging the World at The British Museum

Not so very long ago, I explored London to investigate Shakespeare and his impact on British culture. Now, with the eyes of the world upon England – London in particular- for the Olympics, Shakespeare is at the heart of the Cultural Olympiad. Shakespeare: Staging the World is the British Museum’s offering. It makes a certain kind of…

Put Money in thy Purse! Shillings and Shakespeare

Today, 23rd April, is a significant date for Shakespeare, and scholars and lovers thereof. Not only was it the day he died, but also the day he was christened. So, Happy Shakespeare Day everyone! 23rd April is also a significant day for the English as it marks the feast day of St. George, our patron…

Bard Romance

He may have shrugged off this mortal coil in 1616 but it seems that Britain is still in love with Shakespeare. In a recent poll, 75% of British people agreed with the statement: “I am proud of William Shakespeare as a symbol of Britain.” In the wake of these findings, this intrepid Museum Explorer took…