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Labels: Old Operating Theatre Museum
I read today in one of the tabloid newspapers (left lying around in the Cafe at lunchtime!) that Von Hagen's ex-partner is bringing another plastination exhibition to Britain - Earls' Court.
The Guardian suggests that they have made an effort to make sure none of the Chinese donors were executed criminals, although they note that many of the bodies are of young men.
The report noted that, in the past, some of Von Hagen's exhibits were removed after bullet holes were noted in the backs of their heads of two of them.
Please note I'm just reporting what I read in the newspaper and have no way of verifying the accuracy of this story.
But the story is repeated on-line in the 'Hindu online'
For further details:
Museums: unable to cope with archaeological finds?
Roy Friendship-Taylor, Chairman of Rescue The British Archaeological Trust, wrote to The Times to point out that the archaeological work done by the 4,500 professional practitioners working largely for developers and paid by them for their work through the planning process is creating problems for local museums who cannot cope with the amount of material to archive,.
Some museums are refusing to accept new archaeological archives. Also there are now some counties with an effective museums service. I
5 million extra visitors to National Museums since entrance charges were scrapped in 2001.
There was a 11 per cent drop in visitor figures after 7/7. Also, although London museum visitor figures are largely on an upward trend, national museums outside London visitor numbers are falling..
David Barrie, director of the National Art Collections Fund charity, in a letter to the Times noted the 6 per cent decline at the British Museum and the 14 per cent fall at the National Gallery since 2001, and the fact that overall visitor numbers had only risen by 2 per cent since 2001 at those museums that had always been free.
David Barrie said.
'It's worth keeping a very close eye on what is going on and trying to interpret it, The competition for leisure time is becoming more intense and my suspicion is that were it not for free admission, we would be looking at a significant drop across the board. But we've always said that free admission by itself was not enough. What we really need is adequate consistent funding for all these institutions so they can not only keep their doors open but offer the public the service they're capable of.'
Salon-IFA 137: 3 April 2006
I have just created a video from the panoramas on the Old Operating Theatre Museum Web site to play on the Computer in the Crypt which will replace the Suture Installation.
Quite easy to do once I downloaded some shareware software called easy video capture http://www.video-capture.info/
And then set up the programme to capture the panoramic pictures and ran the autotour on the web site at www.thegarret.org.uk/tour.htm
Saved it as a avi file.
I then added a few captions using Video Impressions (very basic video editing programme only to be recommended for joining holiday videos together), saved it as mpeg file and a self playing exe programme.
The video is now on CD and we are working to get it to play on DVD.
I am working on a newer version with sound with a more competent video editor - I'm trying out a shareware program from AVS Video.
I also created a fun pop video of the Operating Theatre using Muvee producer - which is quite hilarious. Let me know if you want to see it.
|I've just heard from Ben Tunstall that whatwashere.com has just gone live. This is a great project that Ben set up (and I was lucky enough to make a very small contribution in developing the original idea with a very talented group of others).|
www.whatwasinWalton.com is now live.
Ben advises 'if you look at it on a mac, don't use Safari, use Firefox instead - you can download at
Ben reports 'Walton is a small part of Liverpool. We aim to expand to the whole of
Liverpool in August when we bring out a second release.'
Here is a good clear article on setting up mediawiki on your own computer and other tips - lifehacker.com.
My thoughts were that I'd like such clear instructions for 'How to install mediawiki on your host.'
Also is there a wiki for a PDA?
I've been experimenting with a free wiki site called http://pbwiki.com/
Worth having a look.
I've been using wiki for a year or two now and and what I'm really interested in is how to integrate a wiki and a normal web site.
I want to allow the addition of community comments to our existing pages without sending them off to a different page.
I'm thinking maybe of having a wiki panel at the bottom of each page - not sure how to do it.
Wikis seem to me to be the way forward, not only for web sites but for society. I see them as the realisation of the principles of anarchy - society run by self-managing groups. Anarchy as a political philosophy is attractive but always has seemed impossibly naive.
Wikis like wikipedia show how a community can create their own self organisation - I can even envisage legislation being drawn up by the use of wikis - creating public involvement in government without the draw back of referenda.
Interesting stuff about London, Museums and HeritageHistory Museums London Archaeology Narrative Environments