20th Century / Art / Exhibition / History of Science / Museum / Politics / Review

REVIEW- Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

For a bona fide map nerd like myself, there may never have been an exhibition that I have anticipated quite as eagerly as the British Library’s Maps in the 20th Century: Drawing the Line. Indeed, any bona fide map nerd probably already knows about this exhibition and will have decided already to pay it a visit regardless of what … Continue reading

Ancient History / Art / Culture / Exhibition / Museum / Review

REVIEW- Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

For more than a millennium, you could have been forgiven for thinking that Heracleion, Thonis and Canopus had never existed. Sure, these ancient cities on the mouth of the Nile had been mentioned numerous times by Greek writers, but mostly in the heroic tales of mythological figures. Heracleion was supposed to have been founded on the site where Herakles had first set … Continue reading

Ancient History / Art / Culture / Exhibition / Medieval / Museum / Review

REVIEW- Sicily: Culture & Conquest

Its name in Greek, Hebrew and Arabic means ‘middle sea’. The Romans knew it as the sea in ‘the middle of the land’, and it is from Latin that its modern name derives. Because, right up until the discovery of the Americas, the Mediterranean sea was the centre of the known world. And slap bang in the middle of the … Continue reading

Ancient History / Art / Britain / British History / Culture / Exhibition / Medieval / Museum / Politics / Review

REVIEW- Celts: Art & Indentity

In 1707 the Welsh linguist and antiquary Edmund Lhuyd published the Archaeologia Brittanica, in which he described the ‘Languages, Histories And Cultures of the Original Inhabitants of Great Britain‘. If it were not for the publication of this book then the British Museum’s new Celts: Art & Identity exhibition probably could not have happened. Were it … Continue reading

20th Century / Exhibition / History of Science / Museum / Physics / Review / Russia / Space

REVIEW- Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

Should you ever have the good fortune to meet a person who has travelled into space, what is the first question that you would ask them? Probably the same as what I, and the vast majority of people would feel compelled to ask: what’s it like? Not only the kind of question that must get a … Continue reading

19th Century / British History / Exhibition / London / London History / Museum / Photography / Review

REVIEW- Victorian London in Photographs

When it comes to an exhibition where I am sold on the title alone, then this has to rank right up there. Regular readers of the exhibitionologist will know, photographs -particularly old, scratchy, black-and-white ones- and the history of London constitute two of my special areas of interest. So the Victorian London in Photographs exhibition at the … 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

19th Century / Art / Culture / Exhibition / Museum / Photography / Review

REVIEW- Drawn by Light

The Science Museum’s Media Space, a gallery dedicated to the collections of one of its sister museums, the National Media Museum in Bradford, opened only last year. But with its latest exhibition, the Media Space shows that it is already prepared to be hugely ambitious in its vision and in its scope. Putting on a show spanning the entire history of photography, as … Continue reading