The DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) in 2005 carried out a major study into the reasons we visit museums and galleries in which they found the most popular reason at 43% being a general interest in the museum and or its collections. Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (The largest cultural strategy and research agency in … More The Museum of Oxford- An award winning hidden gem
Last summer I had the opportunity to travel around Europe stopping in a number of countries. Today I will be looking at two museums I visited, the first in Amsterdam and the second in Berlin. Both museums despite being 409 miles apart due to the horrors of the Holocaust bear a similar story. The first … More Victims of Antisemitism: The Anne Frank Huis and Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind
In joining the designated theme of pre-modern non-European civilizations and the informal trend concerning pyramids which seems to have enveloped the blog, we must look no further than Sudan. A subject at first interesting for its similarities to its more infamous neighbor’s architectural style. On closer inspection and with the help of this post’s inspiration, … More Egypt’s Pyramid Competitor- The Kush(y) Nubian Pyramids
This post will talk about the small city of Girona in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia in Spain within the medieval period, paying particular attention to my recent visit to the city, the Cathedral and the history of Girona’s Jewish population. Girona is roughly 62 miles (22Km) north of its more famous neighbouring city, … More Girona: Travel guide, Medieval past & Sightseeing
Day One: 16/11/16 I’d lusted after Edinburgh from afar for absolutely ages, but it was only last week– after years of increasingly desperate planning– that I finally got the chance to visit the city of my dreams. Getting off the Megabus was tricky. For one, I’d been sitting for a twelve hour coach journey and … More Travel Journal: Museum Hopping in Edinburgh
Now, we have this man. And the man is a king, mind you. A great king. One who, allegedly, dared to say that He was the State. And, by the way, there is this tale of this man not really being the king, but a twin, or a lookalike, the real king being imprisoned behind … More Tous les matins du monde le Roi danse. Music in the Sun king’s era through French films.
As a medieval historian, there is very little about modern history that really captivates and intrigues me. However, a recent trip to Barcelona left me completely breath-taken after witnessing the famous Sagrada Familia. Its architecture is incredible, and doesn’t look as if it belongs to any particular era. The style almost makes the building seem naturally occurring, rather than man-made. What surprised me the most however, is the fact that construction began in the 19th century, and it remains unfinished to this day. This led me to look into the history on this incredible building, as well as further research into what makes La Sagrada Familia so spectacular. … More Gaudi’s Masterpiece
As you may know, I was on holiday over in northern Portugal just this summer gone. Although this was not such a museum/site centered visit as maybe those of Denmark and Norway, and I guess that is kind of the point of what I am going to talk to you about today. For many years, … More Museum Disparity: Resources in the Heritage Industry. Examples from Portugal.
As you can see a fair few of us have been on holiday lately – me too. I was lucky enough to have a great trip to northern Portugal during the first couple of weeks of August. I am certain I have mentioned this earlier, but despite having been raised in the Iberian peninsula, my … More Baroque Splendour in Northern Portugal
In late July I was fortunate enough to travel Germany, taking in many of its cultural and historical sites. It is fair to say Germany did have plenty to offer in the famous cities and towns of Berlin, Cologne, Dresden and Erfurt to name just a few. This post however will be about my recent … More Trip to Colditz Castle