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…

Ghosts of Exhibitions past…

At work, we’ve been having a bit of a tidy up. I love a good old clear out, something interesting always pops up. This is what I found the last time I tackled the cupboards in our Learning spaces… Unexpected items in the cupboard, part of an ongoing series: a typewriter, glass jars, the Keira…

The Museum of Transology

Of all the letters in the LGBTQ acronym, the ‘T’ is one that is quite often invisible (although the ‘B’ is also notoriously difficult to find too). The Museum of Transology, a pop-up museum at the London College of Fashion until 22nd April 2017, looks to address this. Trans issues have become much more visible…

Night in the Museum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

You would be forgiven for immediately jumping to the conclusion that this post is about a film franchise starring Ben Stiller. It is not. There is a subtle difference in the title (for copyright reasons one wonders?). You might think that this piece is about an over night event at the big museum in The…

Recasting: The Museum of Classical Archaeology

I’ve written at length about my love for the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge. Recently, I was able to travel back up to this gem of a museum to check out their new exhibition: Recasting. Space-wise, the museum presents a challenge: it is one room, how can you mount an exhibition? The solution is…

Sunken Cities: Under the Sea

“The human world,” a friendly crab once warned, “is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.” Words as true now as when they were spoken. The artefacts on display in Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds have been blissfully below the waves for over a thousand years, since the…

Scholar, Courtier, Sorcerer: the Magical World of John Dee

Elizabethan England’s foremost dabbler in the dark arts is one of the most mysterious characters in the court of Elizabeth I. Nowadays, he’s remembered as a conjuror, as a student of alchemy and the arcane but a new exhibition: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee at the Royal College of Physicians looks…

The Crime Museum at the Museum of London

I’m not going to lie – I’ve been excited about this exhibition since it was announced, officially, in March. The Metropolitan Police Force’s Crime Museum, formerly the Black Museum was something that was taking on almost legendary status with this Museum Adventurer. Only accessible to the force, and of a particular interest to those who were…

Celts: Arts and Identity at the British Museum

The Celts. According to a certain popular series of history books they are ‘Cut Throat’ and little else. Little more quick glance at the intricate artwork produced by this civilisation, those complex knots and their graceful lines suggest that there’s more to the Celts that mere cut-throatedness. Is that even a word? Let’s pretend it is for now….

Defining Beauty at the British Museum

What is Beauty? Is Beauty Truth? Is Truth Beauty? It’s a question and a definition that philosophers have been debating for millennia, so it’s brave of the British Museum to try and define such an indefinable concept in their current exhibition: Defining Beauty: the body in Greek art. Let’s be clear here – we aren’t…

Art Relay: From Workshop to Exhibition

As you might remember, I’ve started a great new job at Towner in Eastbourne. It’s a contemporary art museum on the South Coast of England and I’ve been hard at work in the Learning Department. This week, we’ve had our Easter Holiday events for the kids: a series of workshops collectively known as Arts Relay….