Debate: Should museums charge for entry? #museumhour

Update: This debate has now happened. You can explore it on Storify. Essential info: Q: Should Museums Charge for Entry? Meet: 20:00 UK time, Monday 11 April 2016, on Twitter. Follow: @museumhour and @AIMuseums. Hashtags:  #museumhour #museumcharge. On 11 April at 20:00 BST (UK time) Museum Hour is debating the thorny and loaded question of entry… Continue reading Debate: Should museums charge for entry? #museumhour

The Tintagel Controversy

“Disneyfication, Myth, Britain, Vandalism and Medieval Civilisation have been made uncomfortable bed-fellows.” In recent weeks the ancient site of Tintagel in North Cornwall has been the subject of controversy. The conflict is between the re-interpretation of the site by English Heritage and Cornish groups and individuals who say that the Cornish history of this major… Continue reading The Tintagel Controversy

Boaty McBoatface, Bligh and the Beagle

NERC's new flagship awaiting its name (c) NERC (modified in good humour without permission by me)

On 17 March NERC, the Natural Environment Research Council opened an online  competition and poll to name their latest, state of the art research vessel that will ply polar waters carrying 90 researchers to the Arctic and Antarctic, hashtag #nameourship. The newspapers and online media are full of risible delight that the current frontrunner is… Continue reading Boaty McBoatface, Bligh and the Beagle

#migration and #museums

A migration story at the NZ Maritime Museum in Auckland.

How do museums represent, present and interpret migrant stories? Museumhour from 25 January 2016. I was inspired to host this topic following my visit to museums in New Zealand in Auckland (National Maritime Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington (Wellington Museum and Te Papa National Museum). All these museums featured the stories of migrants heavily.… Continue reading #migration and #museums

Museums and the UK General Election 2015

  Culture and museums find themselves off the menu this election. This is a summary of excerpts from the policies and manifestos of political parties standing candidates in the UK General Election on 7 May 2015. Monday 4 May at 20:00 in the UK will see a #GE2015 election special #museumhour so please do come and join… Continue reading Museums and the UK General Election 2015


#Follow @museumhour Mondays 7-8pm UST (UK time). #museumhour is (yet another) new UK-based museum movement which took 24 hours to set up by Sophie Ballinger (@sospot) and me (@tehm). Sophie had a while back posed the question of whether a #museumhour existed in Twitterverse and received the sound of tumbleweed in return. I was travelling back to Cornwall… Continue reading #museumhour

The Aftermath of Suffrage – New for Reviews in History

My review of an important volume of essays on the impact of the Suffrage Movement on British politics after 1918 has just come out in the Institute of Historical Research’s Reviews in History. I was delighted that one of the editors Julie Gottlieb had the opportunity to respond. Should we be returning to women’s history and… Continue reading The Aftermath of Suffrage – New for Reviews in History

In defence of history by women

The visibility of the resurgence of women’s voices has launched into the stratosphere these last two weeks, from the triumph of the campaign to get a woman back on a UK banknote, to the rather seedy and distasteful rape and bombing threats aimed at women by anonymous so-called trolls. But what is worse than all… Continue reading In defence of history by women

Top ten for heritage digitisation projects

Originally written and published in 2010 on Past Thinking. Republished here for archival purposes. Digitisation usually refers to making collections data, including images and other media, available online. But it may also refer to making any quantitative (e.g. historical datasets) or qualitative information (exhibition and learning resources) available and discoverable via the web. A digital… Continue reading Top ten for heritage digitisation projects

Cornish heritage beneath our feet

Gutter grill by N. Holman and Sons Ltd, Penzance (Belgravia Street, Penzance)

Have you ever looked down when you’re walking about outside (do you walk about much)? We’re often encouraged to look up when we’re in the middle of towns and cities to admire the architecture of urbanisation above the modern, slightly jarring, signage of our high street shops. But do you look down? Local foundries made… Continue reading Cornish heritage beneath our feet