Cats in Museums

Like the Ancient Egyptians before us, we live in a world in which cats are the highest power. You can almost hear the archaeologists of the future “Behold,” they would grandly declare before their students of Internet Archaeology who sift through digital debris in search for the truth about life in the 21st Century. “The…

Tour of the Horniman’s Store Rooms of Mystery

It is no secret that Forest Hill’s Horniman Museum is one of my all-time favourites. Not only does it have an eclectic collection, which means it is toe to top full of the weirdest stuff imaginable – from a  couple of Voodoo Altars to a much loved overstuffed Walrus – and that’s just the tip…

Having a Giraffe

You may have noticed that the Horniman Museum’s  most famous resident, their over stuffed and much loved Walrus is off on his holidays. In fact, I mentioned it in a previous post. The question for quite some time was “What on earth are the Horniman going to do to fill that space?” Usually when an object…

Say Hello to my Not-So-Little Friend

It was one day during my holidays that I had the urge to visit one of my all-time favourite museums – the Horniman Museum. The fact that if was founded by a tea merchant just adds to the reasons of why I love it and apparently you can still buy Horniman Tea in Spain… I…

London Volunteers in Museums Awards 2012

London has more museums than any other major city; there are big ones, little ones and many more in between. Last night I was lucky enough to be in attendance at a swanky soiree at the Museum of London to celebrate the most important people in London’s museums. Not the Neil Macgregors, but the people…

Taking Over with Kids in Museums

What happens when you let a group of kids take over a museum? Chaos, madness and pandemonium are just three words that would spring to the mind of some museum visitors. These visitors, I have to say, are hopelessly behind the times. The fossils on display are probably more ‘with it’ than some of the…