UK Museums

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 02.08.2016 | 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 26.08.2016 | 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 08.07.2016 | 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 20.06.2016 | 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 13.06.2016 | 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 02.06.2016 | 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 15.04.2016 | 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 08.04.2016 | 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 10.03.2016 | 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 15.02.2016 | 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 16.12.2015 | 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.

Building the Museums of the Future

Mark Whitby | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

Digital technology has come to the rescue for all of us countless times. We can find that elusive new café on our smartphone maps; we can remove boundaries of communication through online translation; we can store all of our photos on safe and secure devices. Digital technology is now helping to solve a difficult but critical problem: how to safely preserve ancient heritage sites across the world.

Eat in the Art of Amsterdam

Mike Gerrard | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

No longer are museum cafés and restaurants places to grab a quick bite, but many are now restaurants in their own right, aimed at attracting outside diners as well as museum visitors. Here are six of the best eating options in Amsterdam's museums and other attractions.

Five Tiny Things Recovered from the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

A lot of people would have you believe that bigger is best, and while it's true that the Mary Rose is the biggest (and best!) archaeological artefact in the UK, her artefacts come in all sizes

Don't Be Afraid of "The Man"!

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Simon M. Clabby

Despite the reputation of "The Man", museum staff and volunteers aren't actually allowed to 'tell you off', the worst we can do is ask you not to do whatever you did again (and it has to be something bad, like climbing on artefacts or ignoring barriers).

Science Takes Hold of Contemporary Culture

Ian Blatchford | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Tech
Ian Blatchford

Science is not only thriving in contemporary culture it is beginning to dominate too, if queries made by Google users are anything to go by. New insights released by Google show that the Science Museum is the most searched for museum in the world, followed by other London cultural powerhouses, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum.

Pre (And Post?) Welfare State

Wendy Jones | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Wendy Jones

I have a new favourite museum. Tucked away in a quiet little square in central London is a museum that tells the story of one of the most poignant social experiments borne of the industrial revolution - and that may have resonance for today.

Overheard in the Museum

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Simon M. Clabby

The Mary Rose, also known as the Marie Rose, the Rose Marie and HMS Warrior, was built by King Arthur (also known as King Henry) in the 15th Century.

A Voyage of Endurance: Destination Antarctica-Blog 3

Jonathan Thompson | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Jonathan Thompson

Blog 3: Tourism in Antarctica On the 100th anniversary of Shackleton's famous Endurance expedition, British writer Jonathan Thompson and photographe...

Beamish Museum: The Case for Culture in the North East

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

This has been a really exciting week for Paul Brannen MEP and me, as our team in Brussels joined us in Newcastle for 'Constituency Week'. With the help of two electric LEAF cars kindly lent to us by Nissan we travelled all over the region to meet with local groups and businesses, giving our European office the chance to see the impact of our work in the North East.

Great Weekend Getaways - Lucerne, Switzerland

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

A short flight from London to Zurich, followed by an hour on a direct train from the airport, brought us to downtown Lucerne, a Swiss city on the shores of Lake Lucerne with views of the Alps, including Mount Rigi, the subject of JMW Turner's masterpiece The Blue Rigi Sunrise.

Ten Things You Should Know About Mark Rothko

Ewa Zubek | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ewa Zubek

The current Mark Rothko exhibition in The Hague's Gemeentemuseum seems to be the perfect Rothko show. With over 60 works on display - from the early figurative paintings to his very last canvas - the museum has orchestrated a space that combines the epic with the intimate, seamlessly moving from the one to the other.

Why You Should Visit the American D-Day Beaches in Normandy

Samantha Wills | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Wills

First up was an early morning visit to the Longues-sur-Mer gun battery. The battery is one of the most remarkably preserved sections of the Atlantic Wall, the extensive series of fortifications along France's coast that were created by Hitler to protect against seaborne invasion from England.