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….

14 things you might not know about Sherlock Holmes

The Museum of London are currently showing an exhibition about the most famous fictional detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes. Putting together an exhibition about a character that never really existed must have been quite a challenge for the team at the museum – how can you tell a story through objects when it’s already…

Witches and Wicked Bodies at the British Museum

There’s something about witches that makes them really compatible with museums. It’s rather uncanny when you stop and think about it. Quite a few museums have some kind of witchy artefact, like the Pitt Rivers’ infamous witch bottle, but beyond the doors of the hallowed halls the association still remains – museums play key roles…

Disobedient Objects at the V&A

A trolley with a mind of its own. A phone that drops calls mid-conversation. The computer that crashes when you’e mid-way through a very important document. These are the things that come to mind when I hear the term “disobedient object.” I think of objects not behaving in the way that they are supposed to,…

The Museum of Broken Relationships: Heart Break in 12 Objects

It seems like as soon as one temporary pop-up museum closes, another one opens. This summer the Museum of Broken Relationships is back in London and I am very excited about this. I first stumbled across the pop-up museum of heart-break a few years ago, when it was in a tucked away corner of Covent…

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

Who doesn’t love a woolly mammoth? They look like cuddly elephants (on that note, you can buy cuddly mammoths in the shop). Working with Kids in Museums has given me an extra fondness for these be-haired behemoths, so how could I resist popping along to the Natural History Museum to see an exhibition all about…

Cavemen and Cannibals: One Million Years of the Human Story

A lot can happen in a million years. Hell, a lot can happen in a day, let alone a million years. In this post, I’ve been looking at a new exhibition from the Natural History Museum that explores what has happened in Britain over the last 100,000,000 years. You know what? It was a surprisingly…

Special Delivery at Bath Postal Museum

My very talented and artsy friend Polly has been quite literally going postal with her latest project, it’s an exhibition of her stamp-themed work and you can see it at the Bath Postal Museum until the end of summer. I always find it fascinating to find out how exhibitions come together, so I had a…

Ancient Lives New Discoveries at the British Museum

It goes without saying that the British Museum does mummies well. It’s like saying that the Natural History Museum is good for dinosaurs. Or the Science Museum is good for, well,Β science.Β People are still talking about the 1972 Tutankhamun exhibition, like Bettany Hughes at the Tower of LondonΒ and tourists always ask to see the treasures of…