Showing posts from June, 2008

Edward Burne Jones walk by tony Clayton

EDWARD BURNE-JONES Magnificent Dreamer Presented by Antony Clayton Sunday 6th July, 2008, 3pm "I mean by a picture a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be – in a light better than any light that ever shone – in a land no one can define or remember, only desire – and the forms divinely beautiful." Meet at the main entrance to Kensington Central Library in Hornton Street, W8, opposite the Town Hall (nearest Underground station, High Street Kensington). Look for the man holding a Burne-Jones catalogue, who will conduct you on a walk that will stop at two of Burne-Jones's houses in Kensington, pay homage to the artist's colony in Melbury Road – where many of his friends lived – and conclude at the site of his house and studio, The Grange. Edward Burne-Jones (1833-98) was born in Birmingham but spent his most productive years as an artist in London, where he worked with William Morris and was an associate of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhoo

Rediscovering the lost rivers of london plans

Suggestions have been made that the old rivers of London should resurface. Lost rivers of London to resurface in Boris plan | City Hall

Historic Environment Research strategy

A review of strategies for the Historic Environment is about to begin. Museum of London Archaeology Service - Research strategy

Stonehenge Cursus older than Stonehenge

Manchester archaeologist Professor Julian Thomas and his team have discovered that the Greater Stonehenge Cursus, is 500 years older than Stonehenge. The one hundred metre long monument contained a pathway separated from the outside world by the banks of the Cursus. Noone is sure what a Cursus was used for. News item (The University of Manchester)

MIDAS Heritage : Managing Heritage Data : Public Archive (NMR) : Learning & Resources : English Heritage

English Heritage has published its MIDAS datastandard - designed for publishing data on the historic environment. MIDAS Heritage : Managing Heritage Data : Public Archive (NMR) : Learning & Resources : English Heritage

1600 Anniversary of AD410

AD 410 – 2010: the Birth of Britain The Society of Antiquaries is run commemorations of the end of Roman Britain formally set to AD410

Cart Marking at Guildhall

Wed 18th june the Carmen with be meeting the Lord Mayor in Guildhall Yard for the annual Cart Marking Ceremony The Worshipful Company of Carmen | Cart Hiring & Marking

Prince Albert, Stations and bodysnatchers

of interesting upcoming lectures: The Bodysnatcher Haunts: A Guided Walk Sunday 29th June, 2pm Old Operating Theatre Museum 9a St Thomas St London SE1 9RY To carry out the anatomy at the heart of medical teaching, the students and tutors of the United Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital required human material. until the Anatomy Act of 1832 was enforced, the Hospital's scramble for anatomical supplies encouraged the Resurrectionist gangs to dig up the dead! Trace the secretive 19th century Bodysnatcher's tour, ferrying the newly dead across London. * London's Changing Stations (Bishopsgate Institute) This talk will explore London stations over the past twenty years and provide a glimpse at things to come. on Tuesday, 8 July at 19:00:00 More details: * Prince Albert and Early Photography (Gabor Suite Room 611) Frances Dimond will consider the work of Prince Albert and the Society of Arts in regard to

London Museums Group

This was my short report to the London Museums of Health and Medicine Group email list re the London Museums Group LMG has continued to meet regularly. The minutes can be accessed by visiting the group's web page on MLA, London's web site at: The links to the minutes are found at the bottom of the page. The Group has set up a series of successful training and networking days details of which are on the web site. The next meeting is: Money, Money, Money: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Income Generation Thursday 3rd July 2008 The Committee meetings continue to be dominated by Renaissance matters, as MLA, London and the Hub Museums use the LMG members to receive feedback on their programmes. In general, our stance is to try to broaden the nature of Hub projects so that as many Museums as possible are included or the impact of the project is widened to benefit the wider museum commun

Upcoming Events

* Building St.Paul's Cathedral (Shoe Lane Library) A lunchtime lecture presented by author and architect James W.P. Campbell. on Tuesday, 24 June at 24:30:00 More details: * The Bodysnatcher: From Shroud to Specimen (Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret) A lecture on 18th and 19th century bodysnatchers and anatomy schools on Saturday, 28 June at 14:00:00 More details: * The Bodysnatcher Haunts: A Guided Walk (Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret) A guided walk around Southwark to sites frequented by the bodysnatchers of the 18th century on Sunday, 29 June at 14:00:00 More details:

Collections Trust - Collections Trust Homepage

this is a new organisation which appears to be taking over control of collections link and seems to be the successor organisation to the MDA. Collections Trust - Collections Trust Homepage

Call it a tenner - pricing in the arts

this is an interesting account of varying strategies for pricing in the arts. Downloadable here: Arts Council England : Publication detail and a good summary particularly for museums here :

Contextomy: The Art of Quoting out of Context

Brilliant! outstanding! Contextomy: The Art of Quoting out of Context

synecdoche and metonomy and hypocorisma and epithet and prosonomasia and antonomasia

Interesting discussion of the difference between synecdoche and metonomy. synecdoche and metonomy and hypocorisma and epithet and prosonomasia and antonomasia

Peasants Revolt Walk

I gave a walk for London Walks based on the Peasants Revolt - it was a very wet day and Transport for London conspired to cancel all trains going to Aldgate, but several hardy souls turned up and we had a good day retracing the steps of the Peasants Revolt. Route: Aldgate, Crutched Friars, Tower Hill, London Bridge, Lombard Street, Cheapside, Guildhall, Smithfield. Blurb On this special walk we reconstruct the events that shock the medieval world. In 1381, following the introduction of the iniquitous Poll Tax, England's government nearly fell, shaken to the core by a revolt lead by simple working men. This dramatic tour provides a blow by blow account of the Revolt and depicts London in chaos in June 1381.

The Long Walk - London's complete history in a day

I have had a very busy month and not had time to keep up the blog, but one thing I did achieve this month was to organise a rather amazing all day long London Walk for Museums and Galleries Month. It was the complete history of London in one day - we started at Tower hill and Walk all day around the city and Fleet Street ending at 8.30. I was fairly knackered by that time. Each walk worked really well as a walk - not entirely sure whether I nailed each period/epoch in London's history completely. The need to get to the starting point of the next section meant sometimes had no time for summarising! But otherwise a great success - we had 20 - 30 people on all sections except the evening section, and made some £425 for the Old Operating Theatre Museum fund. This is one of several emails I have received: Dear Kevin 'Thank you so much for the amazing walk around the City on Saturday. We did the whole day and my wife and I thought it was absolutely brilliant. You brought t

Stonehenge a royal cemetary.

From Salon 190 (my edited version) Stonehenge ‘a royal cemetery’ From a TV programme by National Geographic reporting on the findings from the 2007 season of work carried out by Mike Parker Pearson and his colleagues from the five universities (Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Bournemouth and Cardiff) involved in the Stonehenge Riverside Project (see the Sheffield University website at ). The headlines focused on the carbon dates obtained from samples of bone from the Stonehenge area, five of which proved to date from the third millennium BC, and three of which dated from the Middle Bronze Age, Iron Age and late Roman period. The earliest date of 3030-2880 BC came from the lower fill of Aubrey Hole 32, and provides a terminus ante quem for the Aubrey Holes, hitherto undated, placing them as part of the monument’s initial construction (3015 – 2935 BC). The second in chronological order dates from 2930 – 2870 BC, shortly after the initial construction. And two others date from 289

Save the Rubens' Ceiling Sketch

Tate Britain is attempting to save a sketch made by Reubens preparatory to the painting of the Ceiling of the Banqueting House. The Campaign - Save the Rubens' - The Art Fund

Antiageing drug shows promise in first human test - Telegraph

Antiageing drug shows promise in first human test - Telegraph

Microscopic operating table for 1mm worm

Look here for details of the world's smallest operating theatre: Scientists invent microscopic operating table for 1mm worm - Telegraph

Prehistoric 'Sabine' women

Durham university has studied 7,000 year old bodies from a burial pit in Talheim,Germany and come to the conclusion that they represent slaughter of the men and children in order to steal the women folk. BBC NEWS | England | Wear | Ancient man killed 'love rivals'