In This week's Issue . . .

In This week's Issue . . .

Caroline Ellis speaks up for objects, asking whether we should let them live fuller lives in museums - and acknowledge the rich lives they led before they came to us. A Marco Polo question: do objects live fuller lives when we look at them more often? Swipe to the right to read more.
Letting Stuff Live By Caroline Ellis Letting Stuff Live By Caroline Ellis

Letting Stuff Live By Caroline Ellis

What museums do with stuff is strangely artificial. We are given or buy a thing. We fill in paperwork, make an entry on a database, and - usually - stick it in a store. Its natural life as an object that interacted with people . . . Click on the image to read more.
PS And By The Way

PS And By The Way

. . . Sometimes it's sheer surprise that makes us look. Here is an 18th century ribbon threader from the Holburne Museum going for a walk with its shadow.

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.