I was very kindly invited by Arachne Press to join the book tour for Zed and the Cormorants, a haunting young adult debut novel from Clare Owen.
What is the Animals at Lockwood Manor read along pack? This read along pack is designed to accompany the historical fiction book 'The Animals at Lockwood Manor' by Jane Healey. A strong theme throughout the book is taxidermy and natural history preservation and care. The resources I have created will provide you with some real... Continue Reading →
I have spent my morning thinking about lightand realised I had more to say than would fit in a tweet. As a museum person, I am aware of how valuable but also damaging light can be to museum collections. Colour, intensity and direction of light can dramatically change how you interpret an object or exhibition.... Continue Reading →
Somehow we are already in the fourth year of #museum30, a little challenge I set up to improve my use of museum social media (find out more about the past challenges here). The challenge begins on Nov 1st but you can join in whenever you are able! This year the prompts are a little different,... Continue Reading →
This is a post I wrote in November last year, it has sat in my drafts since then. I've been missing museums recently and re-reading the post reminded me of a great trip and how much I love them. I want to get back into writing about museums, heritage and just my life generally here... Continue Reading →
I managed to read around 15 books in 2019, which isn't a huge number but most of those were read after I finished university. Like many students, I found it difficult to spend time reading fiction when I thought I should be reading something more academic (I wrote a blog post about it here). This... Continue Reading →
I would not describe myself as a 'social' person, especially in my first year of university, so it came as a bit of a shock when I created #museum30 in 2017 that it was taken up by so many museum folks! The challenge has quickly become one of my favourite events in my museum calendar,... Continue Reading →
It's the most wonderful time of the year... the time where we all share photos celebrating museums! Friday 1st November I will be running the THIRD! #museum30 photography challenge (find out more about 2017 + 2018 challenges here). The challenge is still the same, share one photo a day inspired by the prompt - don't... Continue Reading →
It is highly likely that if I ever go missing in a museum, you would be able to find me in the room with the dead things. I have curated over the past three years a, perhaps, unusual interest in taxidermy, promoting in the people I meet several responses: Why?! Don't you find it creepy? Hasn't that gone out of fashion? And my favourite to answer, How is it done?