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 / Exhibition / History of Science / Museum / Review / Transport

REVIEW- Ships, Clocks & Stars

What are the great unsolved problems facing humankind today? Flying without damaging the environment? A cure for paralysis, or dementia? Ensuring the world’s growing population have enough food, and access to clean water? To mark 300 years since the British parliament passed the Longitude Act, Nesta and Innovate UK have launched the Longitude Prize 2014, a £10-million prize fund to … Continue reading

Art / China / Chinese History / Culture / Exhibition / Literature / Museum / Politics / Review

REVIEW- Ming: 50 Years That Changed China

Six hundred years after it first emerged from a Beijing workshop, the exquisite cloisonné enamel jar looks like it was made yesterday. Bursting with vivid colour, its fine gold lines shimmering in the light, and the beady-eyed dragon almost jumping out of the glass cabinet at you. A truly awesome object, that made such an impression on me, I bought a … Continue reading

Age of Enlightenment / Art / Britain / British History / Exhibition / London / Museum / Music / Review

REVIEW- The First Georgians

Unless you have been living in a cave these past few months, you will of course already know that 2014 marks the three-hundred year anniversary of the start of the Georgian era. The fact that the time has come to give this particular chapter in British history the attention it deserves, after being overlooked for far too long, is … Continue reading

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

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

Britain / British History / Exhibition / Museum / Natural History / Prehistoric / Review

REVIEW- Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

There is a question that’s my floating around my head lately, and indeed, a lot of people’s heads lately, be they euro-skeptics at polling stations up and down the country in recent elections, or Scots weighing up the arguments for and against independence as decision day fast approaches. The question is, who, exactly, are the British? A … Continue reading

British History / Exhibition / London / London History / Museum / Renaissance / Review

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

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

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