#RhymeYourPhD

Inspired by Richard Blackmore, who shared their #RhymeYourPhD this morning, here’s my thesis in rhyming form. The idea came over the weekend from Liesbeth Corens – you can read about the inspiration behind it on Richard’s post here (which includes his excellent contribution). I can’t remember the last time I wrote something in rhyme, but this was…

Museums in a digital world: exhibition trailers

When I go to the cinema, I sometimes enjoy the trailers and film previews as much as the actual film being shown (and sometimes more – though last time that was entirely the fault of The Imitation Game. Still angry – see Alex von Tunzelmann’s piece). We’re used to seeing film and TV trailers, even trailers…

A Queer Blindspot: Terror and Wonder at the British Library

I visited the British Library’s new exhibition, ‘Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination’ last week and don’t think I’ve ever had such strong feelings about an exhibition. The objects are beautiful and plentiful – the exhibition covers so much in terms of content and time-scale. It’s aesthetically breathtaking, and as with Georgians Revealed, hosted in the same…

Listen Up! Songs for a Thesis

I’ve always worked to music, especially when I’m in a library or archive, because I can’t work to silence. I go through phases of listening to different albums or artists obsessively. Chapter Two is definitely an Amy chapter. Chapter Five is Bowie. It heads across Europe a bit, and takes in a bit of Berlin.…