Volunteers and the Law

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I attended one of the (brilliant) free training sessions from the Museum of London’s Museum Development (@londonmusdev on twitter) Training programme and learned an extensive, complex and considered insight into the best practice of volunteer management legality. The session was held in the learning studio’s of the Museum of London’s site, aimed primarily at smaller organisations, but opened up to all. The intention of the Museum of London’sRead Now

Museum and Heritage show 2018

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On the 16th of May I headed to my second visit to the Museum and Heritage Show. Museum and Heritage Show is an annual show held at Olympia in Kensington, held over two days it holds ’50 free talks, 150 suppliers and consultants and a raft of special features’, and the best part? It’s completely free. The first talk I attended was with All Creative Branding and HistoricRead Now

Wellcome Collection: Teeth

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This week I visited Wellcome Collection’s newest temporary exhibition, Teeth. Before this exhibition, I had obviously not considered the cultural and historical significance of teeth and dental hygiene – of course visiting Teeth at the Wellcome Collection has entirely changed that. Tracing the evolution of our relationship with our teeth, the exhibition shows 150 objects, from current dental ‘grills’, to ancient protective amulets and barber-surgeonRead Now

Volunteering at The Feminist Library

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At the weekend, I headed down to The Feminist Library to meet with the Volunteer Coordinator, Angele, to discuss volunteering. I’m delighted to join their team, helping out with their exciting series of events coming up in 2018. The Feminist Library is celebrating it’s 45th birthday this year so it’s a great time to join them. As I always arrive early to things (London travelRead Now

Tate Britain: Age of Terror

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I visited Age of Terror at Imperial War Museum quite a few months ago now, with the intention of reviewing it. I didn’t quite get around to it at the time, but better late than never. Even if there is only one month today left of the exhibition… Age of Terror is Imperial War Museum’s newest ‘blockbuster’ exhibition. Focussing on how terrorism has been represented in contemporaryRead Now

V&A Museum of Childhood Takeover Day

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Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum. On 17 November 2017 over 150 museums were run by almost 4,000 children for Takeover Day, doing the jobs adults usually do. TheyRead Now

Museum of London: The importance of a comment card

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The London, Sugar & Slavery gallery opened in 2007, to mark the 200th anniversary of the end of the British trade in enslaved African people. London, Sugar & Slavery: 10 Years uses some of the thousands of visitor comment cards we’ve received over the past decade to reflect on the gallery and its contents. You can read a wide range of viewpoints, written by visitors from 6Read Now

Grant Museum: The Museum of Ordinary Animals

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This exhibition tells the story of the boring beasts that have changed the world: the mundane creatures in our everyday lives including dogs, pigeons, cats, cows, chickens and mice. These animals are rarely represented in natural history museum displays. They are not special enough. People would rather see dinosaurs, dodos and giant whales. The Museum of Ordinary Animals gives these commonplace creatures a chance to tell theirRead Now

Wellcome Collection: Can graphic design change your life

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Can Graphic Design Change Your Life explores the interweaving connection between graphic design and medicine and health, questioning if our lives would be the same without graphic design. It would be quite easy to miss the beauty of health products. After all, we tend to only use them when we need to, i.e when we’re ill or injured – perhaps not the time when we are most absorbed inRead Now

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: 2016 Museum of the Year

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Open on the first and last Saturday of the month, at the start of this month I headed over to Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Shortlisted for the 2016 Museum of the Year award, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind tackles a difficult history in a reflective, ethically minded, and accessible exhibitions. The first thing that is wholly needed in a museum that reflects a difficult history is  friendlyRead Now