This week

This week

. . . we are looking at how some museums are thing-worlds, capturing the spirit of a lost world just as evocatively as any film or book. Swipe to the right to discover how we went to the Museum of Cambridge and fell in love with the lost world of the Fens before the 1930's . . . (Issue for July 22nd 2016)
Sugar Cones And Witches' Bottles By Rachel Morris Sugar Cones And Witches' Bottles By Rachel Morris

Sugar Cones And Witches' Bottles By Rachel Morris

It's not as easy as it looks, collecting to tell the story of a culture and a time. You have to know and love that culture, understand its spirit, know that it is vanishing. But get it right and it's just as all-encompassing as any film or novel . . . Click on the image to read more
PS And By The Way

PS And By The Way

And if you are looking for time travel, clothes can also take you back in time, and sometimes better than anything else we know. The image is from our new displays at the Fashion Museum in Bath.

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.