This week

This week

. . . we're taking a brief swerve into the self-indulgent delights of fictional museums, created by some of our favourite novelists over a century and a half. What's your favourite fictional museum? (Swipe to the right to read more.)
A Brief History Of Fictional Museums By Rachel Morris A Brief History Of Fictional Museums By Rachel Morris

A Brief History Of Fictional Museums By Rachel Morris

So here's another reason why museums should exist - because they enable novelists and artists (and maybe all of us?) to play imaginative games with ideas around Time and Memory and Remembering and Forgetting and Story. (Click on the image to read more.)
And Next Time?

And Next Time?

. . . We are back on the endlessly interesting subject of who chooses the stories that we tell in museums? (Because of course the power resides with those who choose the story.)

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.