Just a few days back, Alex and I had the absolute pleasure to travel to Stockholm; the Scandinavian capital had been on my list for a while to complete the “Scandinavian Triumvirate” I had promised myself I would experienced before my PhD was over (mission success!). Stockholm was certainly a wonderful visit, and a lot … More Stockholm – A Lesson in Museology
After having worked for a long time in the heritage industry, I feel like this is something I need to share and talk about. I guess as a visitor of cultural attractions and a cultural historian with a keen eye for public history, it is something I have always been very aware of, but … More Hideous Visitor Attitudes Learnt and Experienced from Working in the Heritage Industry
One of the biggest concerns for historians of today is how to get the younger generations interested in history. As the school syllabus becomes increasingly more and more narrow for the periods of history it teaches, some of the most important events are being forgotten. However, over the summer, Warwick Castle was the stage … More Wars of the Roses Live, The Show of the Summer!
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