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Visualising space probes 30 years on

When I went to see the Science Museum's excellent Cosmonauts exhibition this week I expected to find objects and stories about Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova and (with luck) some space dogs. I got all of those, but also a blast from my own past, when I encountered large-scale models of objects I had studied closely [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|Exhibition review, Museums, science|0 Comments

Who wouldn’t want to build a life-size origami elephant?

It's not really a surprise that I have a bit of a penchant for elephants. After all, I chose one as my company logo - for reasons explained here. So there's no way I couldn't share this rather bizarre - but extremely appealing - campaign to raise money to fold a life-size origami elephant out [...]

By |December 12th, 2013|Design, Museums|0 Comments

Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum

I'm currently working with the Design Museum on their Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum exhibition. The exhibition features installations from fourteen designers, reflecting on the concept of memory in the digital age. It's an interesting project for two key reasons: writing about works that are closer to conceptual art than functional products has [...]

By |August 23rd, 2012|interpretation, Museums, Portfolio|0 Comments

A helping hand for interactive storytelling

While I may spend most of my time writing seemingly conventional non-fiction, I'm actually very interested in the mechanics of interactive storytelling - whether used in fact or fiction. That's partly due to time spent reading those old Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid. But it's more because of my professional adult life. [...]

By |June 30th, 2012|Museums, storytelling|1 Comment

Inside the Cutty Sark

I'm on the HMS Beagle Project blog this week talking about the freshly-opened Cutty Sark in Greenwich. She's a beautiful thing. Here's some pics to prove my point:                                       [...]

By |April 29th, 2012|Exhibition review, Museums|0 Comments

London’s Archives: home to Shackleton’s book, Darwin’s letters and the world’s first ornithology encyclopedia

What do the first book published in Antarctica, a bunch of letters written by Charles Darwin while on board HMS Beagle and a rare seventeenth century scientific guide to the world's birds have in common? You can see - and in some cases touch - each of them in an archive somewhere in London. Archives [...]

By |April 15th, 2012|archives, Museums|0 Comments

Design Museum app showcases designs that changed the world

The new free Design Museum Collection app for iPad launched last week, soon to be followed by iPhone (available 3rd May) and Android (available 5th June) versions. As you'd expect from an institution committed to "better design, better use of scarce resources, and more innovation", the interface is quite neat. There's something strangely compelling about [...]

By |April 3rd, 2012|app review, Design, Museums|0 Comments

“Wealth and beggary, vice and virtue”: Dickens and London at the Museum of London

Dickens and London was always going to be a challenge for the Museum of London. Should they focus on Dickens’ work, the London he lived in or the connection between the two? And should they assume their visitors know his works intimately or not? The exhibition team have made a laudable effort, with the end [...]

By |March 11th, 2012|Exhibition review, Museums|1 Comment

Pirates! On the quest for the ‘true story’ of Captain Kidd

The Museum of London Docklands’ Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story exhibition has all the essential ingredients of a good museum experience: calling in the services of an engaging character and narrative, providing opportunities for visitors to experience past lives, linking history to contemporary popular culture, letting visitors leave their mark on the exhibition and posing [...]

By |July 6th, 2011|Exhibition review, Museums|Comments Off on Pirates! On the quest for the ‘true story’ of Captain Kidd

Once Upon a Wartime at the Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum London's latest temporary exhibition claims to delve "into the pages of well-loved books, bringing five stories of war dramatically to life". It's a neat idea. Choose five books which feature wartime situations and use the unrivalled collections of the Museum to illustrate what it was like in the real scenes and [...]

By |March 4th, 2011|Exhibition review, Museums, Publishing|0 Comments