Alexander Calder, Tate Modern, November 2015

My own attempt at a big of Calder magic at the Bloomberg Drawing Bar

My own attempt at a bit of Calder magic at the Bloomberg Drawing Bar

It seems that blogging is beginning to run in the family, as a trip to the Tate Modern to see their new Alexander Calder exhibition was not about me taking inspiration but my eldest daughter writing her own blog for the Tate Kids website. I would be neglectful not to make the most of the opportunity on what was not a natural first choice of destination for us. Tickets are not cheap at £18 for adults (£16.30 without donation, under 12s go free), when you have three kids including one with Autism, you never know if you are going to get into the exhibition let alone spend more than 10 minutes there. We normally opt for the free and low-key museum events. Continue reading

Inclusive Heritage with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tate Modern, October 2015

Inclusive Heritage - 30 October 2015 Tate Modern

Inclusive Heritage – 30 October 2015 Tate Modern

It was a great honour to be invited to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) seminar on Inclusive Heritage on the 30th October at the Tate Modern, it was also a massive disappointment to get a mega-migraine halfway through the opening speeches. Sadly I had to leave during the morning’s round up Q&A session but I had already been given lots of food for thought.

A packed programme.

A packed programme.

Days like this one are always important for connecting up with faces you recognise, and for making contacts with new ones. These events can often consist of familiar faces, inclusion champions doing their best to make a difference, but I certainly got the sense of a lot of people who hadn’t actually met before. Bringing together these voices can only be a good thing as we look to the future 20 years after the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) came into force. Continue reading

2. Horniman Museum Library – Tinc in Museum Library Land

The Horniman Museum Library

The Horniman Museum Library

It has been a while since I touched on a museum library and this post is well overdue. I think that because I spend quite a bit of time at the Horniman Museum, it is always there in the background for me. But talking to Helen Williamson, the librarian at the Horniman Library, has reminded me that we should never take libraries for granted, as one day they may not be there anymore.

My “Tinc in Museum Library Land” posts are inspired by my career in various different libraries, and drawn from my fascination with the perception that museum libraries are hidden away and inaccessible to the public. Unlike my last visit to the Natural History Museum, which has many sites hidden away, the library at the Horniman Museum is loud and proud, clearly visible as you enter the museum, nestled in the beautiful South London gardens, a quirky building that used to be the Centre for Understanding the Environment. Continue reading

Walking in the footsteps of Samuel Pepys – National Maritime Museum, Oct 2015

Coming face to face with Samuel Pepys in the churchyard at St Olave Hart Street

Coming face to face with Samuel Pepys in the churchyard at St Olave, Hart Street

“In London, the past is a form of occluded but fruitful memory, in which the presence of earlier generations is felt rather than seen. It is an echoic city, filled with shadows.”1

Peter Ackroyd wrote this in his great biography of London and whilst the echoes are there on the city streets and often felt, if you take a little time there is occasionally something a little more permanent to be found of our earlier generations. Whilst I am starting to get to know bits of London a little better, there is always an unknown road to go down, a different solitary church to catch a solemn moment of silence and a scrap of the broken thread of history to uncover. Continue reading

States of Mind: Ann Veronica Janssens – Wellcome Collection, Oct 2015

yellowbluepink by Ann Veronica Janssens

yellowbluepink by Ann Veronica Janssens

I am a little apprehensive about the new ‘yellowbluepink’ exhibition by Ann Veronica Janssens at the Wellcome Collection, it was bad enough last time when they made me talk about sex. This time there is a list of “dos and don’ts” on the wall: do not run; move slowly; all visitors should exercise caution when entering; parents and guardians should hold the hands of small children at all times. Continue reading

The Crime Museum Uncovered, Museum of London, October 2015

The Crime Museum - Uncovered - Museum of London

The Crime Museum – Uncovered – Museum of London. A Rover 800 vintage police car

I am not really looking forward to this exhibition, I have learnt, particularly over the last few years of volunteering, that I don’t deal well with emotional objects, and with the press bandying words around like ‘gruesome ‘and ‘macabre’, I am not sure the Crime Museum Uncovered will be for me. Trying to move from the previous blockbuster at the Museum of London with the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, to the real detectives featured in this new exhibition is no easy feat, and although I am not keen to visit I am really intrigued about the process involved in tackling this difficult topic. Continue reading

Christina Broom – Soldiers and Suffragettes – Museum of London Docklands, Oct 2015

Christina Broom, Copyright Museum of London

Christina Broom, Copyright Museum of London

The Crime Museum, a new blockbuster exhibition from the Museum of London opens this Friday, but they have another exhibition on at the moment that I feel a great deal more connection with. Christina Broom – Soldiers and Suffragettes is on at the Museum of London – Docklands site and you don’t have long to visit it, it closes on the 1st November.

I have been thinking about cameras and photography a lot in the past few months, everywhere I go I see them. The first aerial photography at the RAF Museum, the first space photography at the Science Museum, I think it is a sign that I really must write about this exhibition before it closes. Continue reading