UK Museums

'The Need For This Couldn't Be Greater' Ex-Immigration Minister Launches New Migration Museum Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Politics

It is photo just like thousands of others taken by people as they soar into the air onboard a passenger plane. The buildings merging into a mass of ma...

We Need To Put Creativity Back At The Heart Of Our Communities And Schools

Kevin Brennan | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Brennan

Art is a shared cultural inheritance in which everyone has a right to participate, and Government should work to ensure that that is the case. But, on this Tory Government's watch, art is increasingly becoming seen as the preserve of the rich. Both the creation and the appreciation of art are perceived as exclusive luxuries.

Steps To Success

Caragh Little | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

So they've opened a Museum of Failure, now, and lots of us probably feel as though we ought to be exhibits.

Live Like A Local In… Tampa Bay, Florida

The Huffington Post | Jackie Gallego | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Upbeat and diverse, Tampa Bay locals say that living here is like being on holiday all year. They certainly know how to have a good time. With three m...

13 Creepy AF Items Spotted In Museums That Should Be Put in Room 101

The Huffington Post | Becky Barnes | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Comedy

From creepy dolls to crap taxidermy, people have been sharing pictures of museum exhibits they want to lock away in Room 101. We’ve probably all bee...

Do Museums Underserve The LGBT Community And Other Marginalised Communities?

Steven Williams | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Steven Williams

"Steven, your last blog didn't say LGBT once? how unusual" cried my friends... or at least I assume they would have had anyone read the last blog.... But fear not hypothetical and concerned friends! I'm making my rainbow cloaked return to LGBT subject matter!

The Museum Series: The Consultant

Alexander Bowden | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Alexander Bowden

Museums exist in the present day and need to react to dynamic audiences. You need to keep on your toes and think about what you are doing and ask yourself whether it makes sense to you and will it make sense to other people.

Museums And Morality: Rogueish Or Wrong?

Steven Williams | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Steven Williams

The guidelines for being a UK Huffington Post blogger suggest you write with a UK angle, which I didn't really do in my last blog. Sorry editors, but ...

Might Museums Be The Schools Of The Future?

Deborah Bull | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Deborah Bull

Most of us remember school trips to museums and galleries - in some cases, only because of the welcome contrast to the everyday. At best, the museums and galleries - their collections of curiosities rich with cultural history - created memories more enduring than the classroom-based learning they were intended to supplement.

How To Make The Most Of Porto In Just One Day

Julie Dawn Fox | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Dawn Fox

Like any ancient city, Porto has plenty of variety and is constantly evolving. Traditional grocery stores with drawers of nuts and spices that are weighed at the counter lie within spitting distance of gourmet and concept stores and designer urban outfitters.

9 Intriguing Details From Churchill's Underground Bunker Revealed

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

A new book is set to reveal some of the intriguing details and stories which have emerged from the Churchill War Rooms, the bunkers hidden below White...

The National Museum For African American History And Culture: Through a Black-British lens

Paul Reid | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Paul Reid

The struggle to establish Black Cultural Archives took over three decades. The NMAAHC in the United States has been 100 years in the making; however the feat has left me with an indelible mark of what is possible for Black-led organisations here; but there are some major lessons to learn to make our own mark...

The Natural History Museum And Google Just Released 300,000 Digital Specimens Online

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Tech

The Natural History Museum has joined forces with Google to publish 300,000 digital specimens spanning millions of years. The unrivalled collection fe...

We Can't Afford Five More Years of BP-Sponsored Culture

Dr Chris Garrard | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Dr Chris Garrard

We should not accept corporate sponsorship or privatisation in the arts as a given, and be short-changed on the values that should be at the heart of our art-making. Starting today, it's time we made these museums and galleries properly accountable to the public, and not to BP.

The Museum Series: The Artist and Curator

Alexander Bowden | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Bowden

This month I spoke with the brilliant Matt Smith, an artist and curator based in Hove, UK. Matt discussed the links between art and curatorship and the opportunities artistic residencies can give to both artists and museums.

The Museum Series: An Interview With Deirdre Haughey Barquin, Head of Visitor Services and Events at Museo Picasso, Barcelona

Alexander Bowden | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Bowden

In a traditional Catalan restaurant in Barcelona I spoke with the charming Deirdre Haughey Baquin, Head of Visitor Services and Events at the Picasso ...

A Wondrous New Gallery for the Next Generation Of Great Science Minds

Ian Blatchford | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Tech
Ian Blatchford

Free access to permanent collections at national museums is Government policy. When Wonderlab opens in October, visitors will still be able to roam more than 90% of our vast building without paying, enjoying priceless objects from the Apollo 10 command module to Stephenson's Rocket.

The Best of Birmingham

Mike Gerrard | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

There are several reasons to believe you may not like Birmingham, Alabama's largest city. When it was founded in 1871 it was named not after somewhere romantic like Florence or Paris but after the English industrial city of Birmingham. That's because Birmingham, Alabama, was a steel town and, at the time, equally industrial.

The Mary Rose 'Dinosaur'

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

Recently I asked our museum volunteers to tell us some of their stories about visitors and the collection, with the intention of collecting them for a follow-up to this blog from last year. This particular one stood out...

Curiosity Is Thriving Across the UK

Ian Blatchford | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Tech
Ian Blatchford

That our museums enjoyed around 5.55million visits in 2015/16 is testament not only to people's enduring fascination with the history of human ingenuity but also to the creativity of the people who work with me.

Why We're Not Rebuilding the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

We value authenticity in the museum, and it's always nice, when visitors ask, "That's not real, is it?" to be able to say "Oh yes, everything is real". The Mary Rose may only be 40% of a ship, but she's 100% genuine.

Creating, Feasting, Fighting - The Celts Come Home to Scotland

Jackie Kemp | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jackie Kemp

The treasures assembled in the monumental exhibition of Celtic art which opened at the National Museum of Scotland this week (March 10) painted, for me, a tremendously vivid picture of the peoples who left these precious things behind, buried in graves, hidden in hordes, stuck in the mud of tidal waterways.

Exploring Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: An Education

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

The Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) is an eccentric museum that houses objects from various geographical regions across different time periods - including human horns, a scaled model of Noah's Ark, and mice on toast.

Kids' Imaginary Friends Brought To Life

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents

A group of children had their imaginary friends transformed into physical characters for a photo series by world renowned photographer Rankin,. Ran...

Memphis's Top Ten Music Sites

Mike Gerrard | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

With two new Hall of Fame museums opening in Memphis in 2015 - the Memphis Music Hall of Fame (above) and the Blues Hall of Fame - Memphis now has even more music attractions to entertain the music-mad visitor.