19th Century / 20th Century / Age of Enlightenment / Art / Culture / Exhibition / Germany / Literature / Medieval / Museum / Renaissance / Review

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

Age of Enlightenment / Britain / British History / Culture / Exhibition / Literature / London / London History / Museum / Review

REVIEW- Georgians Revealed: Life, Style & the Making of Modern Britain

The title of the British Library’s new exhibition Georgians Revealed: Life, Style, and the Making of Modern Britain makes a bold statement about the period of history it explores. I think it’s fair to say that several historical eras could make a claim to being the one that made modern Britain and, naturally, it would … Continue reading

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

REVIEW- Only In England

This exhibition sees the coming together of ¬†two museums and of the work of two enormously influential British photographers. The Media Space at London’s Science Museum is a brand new gallery built to showcase highlights from the National Photography Archive, held by the National Media Museum in Bradford (part of the Science Museum Group). The … Continue reading

20th Century / Art / Culture / Exhibition / Museum / Politics / Review

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

20th Century / Art / Culture / Exhibition / Literature / Museum / Music / Review

REVIEW- David Bowie Is

David Bowie is the single greatest solo artist popular music has ever produced. Anyone who doubts this simple fact (and I assume there is not anyone reading this who does, but for the sake of sounding diplomatic I thought I’d say this anyway) should give Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane a few listens, and if … Continue reading

Britain / British History / Culture / Exhibition / Literature / London / London History / Museum / Renaissance / Review / Shakespeare

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