Having not long returned from an all-women discussion on the Scottish Independence Referendum, organised by Women for Independence, and thus being very inspired and much better-informed, how could tonight’s Mid-week Museum post not be about a Scottish work of art?The Monymusk Reliquary dates from the 8th century, and gets its name from Monymusk House, where it was kept for an unknown number of years before being acquired by the National Museum of Scotland in 1933. (more…)
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Posted in Arts and Culture, Librarianship, Medieval studies, tagged Insular art, Insular manuscripts, Mid-week Museum, Monymusk Reliquary, National Museum of Scotland, Rare Books, Scottish Independence Referendum, Special Collections, Women for Independence on August 7, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Technology, Victorian Studies, tagged Creativity, Interior decoration, Mid-week Museum, Pre-Raphaelites, Sophia George, Strawberry Thief, Textiles, Victoria and Albert Museum, William Morris on July 30, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Blogging projects, Medieval studies, Travel, tagged Bibliothèque Nationale Française, Centre de l'imaginaire Arthurien, Dragons, Knights, Mandragore, Medieval ladies, Mid-week Museum, The centre for the Arthurian imaginary, The dangers of drink, Tristan et Iseult on May 8, 2014| 5 Comments »
Posted in Arts and Culture, Blogging projects, tagged Garden Museum, Gardens, Gardens and Fashion: Spring/Summer-Autumn/Winter, Lambeth Palace, Mid-week Museum, Rebecca Louise Law, The Flower Garden Display'd on April 30, 2014| 3 Comments »
On Saturday, I had a family trip out to London’s lovely Garden Museum, next to Lambeth Palace. It was great timing – the Gardens and Fashion: Spring/Summer-Autumn/Winter exhibition was finishing the following day. The exhibition proper was contained in a single room, comparatively small, if you are used to “blockbuster exhibitions”, but so rich in details that I could have spent at least an hour there luxuriating in the minutiae, had I been alone. There will be another post on the exhibition, in more detail, soon. (more…)
Posted in Books and Reading, Film and TV, History, Medieval studies, Travel, tagged Courtly love, Dr Helen Castor, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Fontevrault Abbey, Heroes and Heroines, Ladybird Adventures from History, Mid-week Museum, She-Wolves: England's Early Queens, Victoria and Albert Museum on August 7, 2013| Leave a Comment »
The first episode was about mother-in-law and daughter-in-law Matilda and Eleanor. I’ve known of the latter, whose more complete name is Eleanor of Aquitaine for as long as I can remember; I can’t remember the circumstances of our meeting, be it the compulsive reading, over and over, of the Ladybird Adventures from History series, or if it was through travelling in France on holidays, where we stayed for a week or so near Poitiers (part of Eleanor’s family’s territories) every year. I grew up fascinated by the idea of the fabled court of love, which led to my reading courtly literature, and thus, in part, to my career as a medievalist. So at least one thing in my museum has to be about her..
I’ve never been to Fontevraud Abbey, although I plan to do so, but I have seen the 19th century plaster cast of the effigy above in the Victoria and Albert Museum. I think that the reason that this caught my eye is, unsurprisingly, because she is reading. It’s a decidedly unusual tomb, for an equally unusual woman.
Posted in Arts and Culture, tagged Cabinet of curiosities, Mid-week Museum, Museums, puppetry, taxidermy, The Last Tuesday Society, Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors, Wunderkabinett on August 1, 2013| 1 Comment »
In 2009 The Last Tuesday Society opened its first permanent home: a shop, art gallery and museum on Mare Street in Hackney. Designed in the style of a 17th century Wunderkabinett, the shop sells a wide variety of curiosities including 19th century shrunken heads, taxidermy, narwhal tusks, carnivorous plants and articulated skeletons.