20th Century / Art / Britain / British History / Culture / Exhibition / Museum / Photography / Review

REVIEW- Vogue 100: A Century of Style

It appeared on newsagent shelves in September of 1916, and cost a shilling. The first ever issue of British Vogue promised its readers that ‘really and truly, such amazing things are going to happen to you that you would never believe them unless you saw them in Vogue.’  Not bad for a mission statement. And proof … Continue reading

19th Century / 20th Century / Art / Exhibition / History of Science / Medicine / Museum / Photography / Review

REVIEW- Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

It was in the early twentieth century that the Parisian criminologist Edmond Locard established  the principle that ‘every contact leaves a trace’. It has formed the bedrock of forensic science ever since. In this respect at least, forensics has a relatively short history. It was Locard, after all, who established the world’s first police laboratory as recently … Continue reading

Age of Enlightenment / America / Britain / Exhibition / Medieval / Museum / Politics / Review

REVIEW- Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Whether or not David Cameron knew what he was letting himself in for when he appeared as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2012 is anyone’s guess. As anyone who watched the interview or subsequently read about it will know, there was at least one topic of conversation that he was not expecting to … Continue reading

19th Century / Exhibition / Literature / London / Museum / Review

REVIEW- Sherlock Holmes

We begin the Museum of London’s tour of the cultural phenomenon that is Sherlock Holmes with a dizzying wall of television screens, showing the world’s most famous detective in all his various film and television incarnations. This is immediately followed by a procession of brightly coloured film posters from around the globe, that invite us to … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

As amazing discoveries in the back of a closet go, this has got to rank right up there with the best of them. A highly acclaimed body of work thought to be lost forever, which had not been on public display in forty years. A priceless historical archive whose creator had not only turned their … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Propaganda: Power & Persuasion

In the accompanying leaflet to the British Library’s Propaganda: Power & Persuasion exhibition is the observation that, in this age of Twitter, blogs and social media – being carried in all of our pockets, and available to us at the press of a button or click of a mouse – anyone can be a propagandist. … Continue reading