Showing posts from January, 2017

London museum told to stop displaying skeleton of Charles Byrne | Daily Mail Online

Interesting issue on the display of human remains. Although in this case, given that we know Byrne's wishes, the case is stronger. London museum told to stop displaying skeleton of Charles Byrne | Daily Mail Online

Lockwood Kipling: Punjab and London

The image below is one that has intriqued me for a long time.  Every since I worked at the V&A and started giving Guided tours I have looked at this and wondered who they all are.   Henry Cole, the first Director is the third person from the left.  This article identifies others as Francis Fowke and Godfrey Sykes. I imagine others include Gamble and Poynter.  The fifth person is thought to be Kiplings Father.   Salon IFA wrote this about him.   Lockwood Kipling: Punjab and London John Lockwood Kipling (1837–1911), writes Julius Bryant FSA introducing a weighty book which accompanies a new exhibition, ‘is part of the fabric of the Victoria and Albert Museum.’ Artist, writer, museum director, teacher, conservationist and influential Arts and Crafts figure, Lockwood has been the subject of a three-year international research project led by V&A Senior Research Fellow Sandra Kemp. Bryant, who is Keeper of Word and Image at the V&A, and Susan Weber FSA , f

Positive Deviance Initiative

Adam Thorpe introduced me to an approach to research invented in the 70s and very successful in challenging malnutrition (first used in Vietnam). Its called:  Positive deviance   '(PD) is an approach to behavioral and social change based on the observation that in any community there are people whose uncommon but successful behaviors or strategies enable them to find better solutions to a problem than their peers, despite facing similar challenges and having no extra resources ...'   Positive Deviance Initiative

Digital transformation in the museum industry | AXIELL ALM

Free report to download Digital transformation in the museum industry | AXIELL ALM : Digital transformation in the museum industry Chrissie Leahy 22 July 2016 Collections Management 0 Comments The status of digital transformation in the museum industry 2016 and using digitalisation to increase visibility Download the full PDF report here. Digital transformation can take many forms, from enabling museum visitors to use smartphones or tablets throughout the site to enhance their experience, to digitising the collection and making it available online, to engaging with people before or after their visits via online channels. Produced in conjunction with Museums & The Web, this report draws on the views of more than 70 professionals working in museums across the world to explore the digital strategies of today’s museums and how they link to visitor engagement plans and focus areas for investment.

At Joseph Harker’s Paint Studios | Back Cloth painting studio

The Gentle Author writes: 'At Joseph Harker’s Paint Studios | Spitalfields Life: In 1905, Joseph Harker (1855–1927) the pre-eminent scenic artist of his age – celebrated for his work for Henry Irving’s company at the Lyceum – built paint studios in Walworth for his own use and to his own specification. Remarkably, these studios survive with all the essential fixtures in place just as Harker knew them.'

Questions at Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre

Attended LAMAS lecture on the excavations at the Curtain Theatre. Very interesting lecture which was very well presented. But, I had a lot of questions at the end of it. I asked the question, 'if you did not know this was the Curtain, what would make you think it was a Theatre.' There is a lot of documentary evidence to say the Curtain is here abouts but the archaeology seemed to me to be less than totally convincing. For example, the speaker talked about the stage, the galleries and showed a very schematic image of the rectangular theatre, with post-holes showing where the gallery is. But we were shown no archaeological photos which demonstrated these 'facts' they seemed to be self-evident. The two side gallery was evidenced by what looked like one post-hole. The stage was said to be a stage but didn't hear any evidence to show what it is identified as a stage. One range of foundations seemed to continue beyond the building outlines in the schematics a

Chris Grayling gives go-ahead to road tunnel under Stonehenge | UK news | The Guardian

This is a big decision. The point being they should have paid for a longer tunnel which does less damage to the archaeology around Stonehenge. Chris Grayling gives go-ahead to road tunnel under Stonehenge | UK news | The Guardian