Seven things I learnt from the British Library’s Magna Carta show

The British Library has a terrific, totally absorbing show about Magna Carta – which is the cornerstone of world democracy or a sort of baronial shopping list weirdly granted in a field by a King who didn’t mean it – depending on your perspective. It includes two original 1215 manuscripts and dozens of other beautiful… Continue reading Seven things I learnt from the British Library’s Magna Carta show

You know, actual curation

Everyone’s going on about curation these days. We’re all curators now. But yesterday I witnessed some of the old-fashioned variety, the kind they do in art galleries, and I was blown away. I took two of my kids to Tate Britain (four different modes of transport: train, tube, boat and bus – I suspect that’s… Continue reading You know, actual curation

Real Cowboys & Indians

I bookmarked the National Cowboy Museum’s amazing rodeo history archive at but the site has many other amazing assets, including an excellent library of photographs of native Americans by late Nineteenth Century Western photographers.

Holiday diversions, part 1

The Royal Airforce Museum at Hendon is a top day out with the kids – especially now that, like all national museums and galleries – it’s free. It’s a pretty sobering experience too – war is not glorified here (although the ejector seat display is pretty exciting). The most striking thing is how flimsy these aeroplanes… Continue reading Holiday diversions, part 1

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Memory at the British Museum

Bloggers will love ‘The Museum of the Mind’, a new exhibition in The Great Court at the British Museum: odds and sods assembled to support a larger purpose – a sort of physical semantic web. The show is a clever window onto the museum’s vast collections focused on memory in all its aspects. Materials from… Continue reading Memory at the British Museum