Discovering the story behind the V&A’s LGBTQ Tours

The V&A’s LGBTQ Tours are essential. As one of the UK’s biggest museums, it sees a startling number of visitors each year. I’d go from time to time if there was an exhibition that caught my eye, but it was a place that I never felt quite at home in. The stuff in there was nice enough…

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,…

Inside Trajan’s Column

Museums are full of secret spaces, with many a door marked “Staff Only” or even hiding in plain sight like this hidden passageway in the British Museum. Some places have secret subterranean tunnels , whilst others have covert, clandestine caveats hiding in plain sight. Actually inside an object, if you can believe it. If you have…

‘Secret’ Doors in the V&A…

We all love a bit of insider knowledge. Being aware of something that others might miss always makes me happy. What makes me happier, though, is sharing this knowledge with others, so you can be in the know too. Recently, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with secret doors. It all started when I was…

David Bowie is…at the V&A

“David Bowie is…” is what, exactly? This is the question the V&A is asking with its current block-busting exhibition. David Bowie is… colourful? Yes. David Bowie is… charismatic? Certainly. David Bowie is.. pronounced BOH-ie or BOUGH-ie? I’m still not sure. Whichever way you pronounce it, this little name is big enough to be the fastest-selling…

Adventures in Budapest: Museum of Applied Arts

This visually stunning museum ( the Iparmuveszeti Muzuem as it’s known locally) is quite literally around the corner from where my charming other half lived whilst he was studying in Budapest a few years ago. Back then, we just wandered by, admiring the architecture and not really realising what was under the glorious green roof. This time around, we’re much…