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REVIEW- Shakespeare In Ten Acts

On one of the exhibitionologist’s first forays into exhibition reviewing, back in 2012, I found myself at an exhibition all about William Shakespeare. Hosted by the British Museum and accompanied by a BBC Radio 4 series, Shakespeare: Staging the World was jam packed full of objects that each, in some way, related to the events, the places and … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Germany: Memories of a Nation

2014 has been a year of anniversaries, and accompanying exhibitions to go with many of them. And curiously, from the centenary of the outbreak of World War One to the tercentenary of the ascension of the Hanoverian dynasty to the British throne (the start of the Georgian era), several of these anniversaries have involved Britain and … Continue reading

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REVIEW- The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels

On a hot summer’s day in 1912, a team of builders were busy demolishing a building in the City of London. Numbers 30 and 32 Cheapside were houses that had been constructed in the years following the great fire, and were set to be replaced by a new building. It was whilst excavating a cellar … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Beyond El Dorado

In 1499 – seven years after Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas – Spanish explorers first encountered the land now bearing his name: Colombia*. With its high peaks and dense forest, this was an enchanting, deeply mysterious land. And no mystery would live on in European imaginations in quite the same way as the legend … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Elizabeth I & Her People

‘A Child And His Nurse’, painted by an unknown English artist circa 1589, is a truly remarkable portrait. The baby boy’s eyes are so bright, and his stare is so piercing, it is genuinely hard to look away. He is only a year or so old, but wears fine clothes, which have been painted in … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Shakespeare: Staging the World

Back when I was young enough to first encounter a Shakespeare text – it was Macbeth, I think, when I was in my third year of secondary school – it used to frustrate me when people, usually teachers, would say something along the lines of ‘the thing about Shakespeare is, his work is timeless.’ The … Continue reading

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REVIEW- The Lost Prince: The Life & Death of Henry Stuart

History just would not be history without a few ‘what-ifs’. What if, we ask ourselves, event ‘x’ had not happened: how would have history subsequently unfolded? In much the same way as what did happen, or in a completely different way? The National Portrait Gallery’s latest exhibition will leave you asking this very question: what … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

Like all histories, the history of science has its fair share of ‘nearly-men’. They find themselves scattered amongst the heroes like Galileo, Newton, Darwin and Einstein. There’s Tycho Brahe, for example, the finest naked-eye astronomer of all time, who observed the motions of the planets with greater accuracy than anyone before him, but failed to … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames

For one day in June this year, all eyes in London were on the River Thames. To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, we were treated to a thrilling spectacle as over a thousand boats of all shapes, sizes and colours made their way down the river through the heart of the … Continue reading