British History / London / London History

Open House London 2016 (Part 1)

Open House London has become a regular fixture for many of the London historians, museum efininados, exhibition regulars and lovers of all things London whose blogs and Twitter accounts I follow. And this was the year that I finally got to join the party. For those that don’t know, Open House London sees hundreds of buildings across … 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 / 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

19th Century / Age of Enlightenment / Britain / British History / Exhibition / History of Science / London / London History / Medicine / Museum / Politics / Review

REVIEW- Doctors, Dissection & Resurrection Men

In 1832 the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Anatomy Act, legalising the practice of doctors, anatomists and medical students dissecting any body that went unclaimed upon death. With this new law the medical community would no longer need to satisfy its ever-increasing demand for corpses by paying professional body snatchers – or ‘resurrection … Continue reading

20th Century / Art / Exhibition / London / Museum / Review / Transport

REVIEW- Mind the Map: Inspiring Art, Design and Cartography

To start with, let’s make one thing very clear. I love maps. I always have. When I was a child the books I treasured most were Atlases. I can happily waste large chunks of a day zooming in and out of Google Maps and trying to spot things that I didn’t before. Their ability to be … Continue reading

19th Century / Age of Enlightenment / Art / British History / Exhibition / History / London / London History / Museum / Renaissance / Review / Transport

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