Without Borders: LGBTQ+ Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections Conference

I’m really excited to be on the steering committee for ‘Without Borders…’, the Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections (ALMS) LGBTQ+ conference taking place in London in June 2016. The call for papers is below – please do submit abstracts and circulate the CFP widely. You can see information about the previous ALMS conference that took place…

Exhibitions on Screen

One of the most difficult elements of researching and writing about past exhibitions is grasping how they looked and how they felt to walk around. Even though some exhibition plans are available in museum archives, these documents don’t always give a real insight into how the exhibition was laid out, or the route the visitor would…

Exhibitions to see in 2015

Inspired by the ‘ones to watch’ lists that turn up this time of year, I’ve put together a list of exhibitions to look out for and forward to in 2015. TimeOut published a similar list, and some of their suggestions are included here, but I wanted to highlight exhibitions outside of London too, and focus…

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…

21 Reasons Why I Love Museums

Last week I read Oliver Smith’s Telegraph piece, 21 Reasons Why I Hate Museums. It was published a few weeks ago but (perhaps luckily) I had missed it. Even though I do agree with Smith on some of the problems he identified, such as the price of temporary exhibitions, and the amount of objects not on display,…