This Week

This Week

. . . we're in the Museum of Cambridge, talking about the life of its curator Enid Porter, and wondering why museums don't talk more about their own compelling histories - and the lives of their curators. Swipe to the right to read more.
The Charismatic Ghost Of Enid Porter By Rachel Morris The Charismatic Ghost Of Enid Porter By Rachel Morris

The Charismatic Ghost Of Enid Porter By Rachel Morris

Sometimes it's the small museums that have the biggest ideas, the best back stories - and the biggest wonders. I am standing in the offices of the Museum of Cambridge, with the curator Charlotte Woodley, looking at a blue glass, eighteenth-century watch ball that she has just unwrapped . . . Click on the image to read more.
And On The Subject Of Curators

And On The Subject Of Curators

. . . their passions and obsessions, William Atkins' book 'The Moor' documents the obsessive life of Frank Elgee, curator of the Dorman in Middlesbrough. We're making a list of great curators, past and present, out of London. Who else should be on our list?

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Museum of Marco Polo and that it’s got you thinking about Time, Memory, History, Stories, Museums and the role of imagination and creativity in the making of museums, whether they are real, lightly fictionalised or utterly imaginary. We hope it’s also got you wondering why some museums are so poetic and how it is that such solidly three-dimensional things should be as much about ideas as they are about things. And finally we hope that it’s got you wanting to speak up for museums and against the current funding cuts, since museums only do on a big scale what each of us does on a tiny scale which is to use things and memories to make sense of the wonderful, terrible Past. And without the Past we are nothing.