Masquerades

I like to delve into the less visited areas of the British Museum - the out of the way spaces away from most of the tourist traffic. One day in the fall, I impulsively thought to go to the Sainsbury Galleries, rooms I hadn’t been to in ages. The majority of the British Museum’s Oceania, …

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The Magic of London

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, the newest novel in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, called to mind displays in the Museum of London. I've been to this museum so many times, but I was inspired to explore how the Rivers of London series would influence my experience of re-visiting the museum. The magical version of London captured in …

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Making LGBTQA+ Histories Visible

Many UK museums and galleries are marking the 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality with exhibitions, events, and projects, the British Museum’s Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories created a model that could (and hopefully will) be used in the future to incorporate LGBTQA+ and other marginalized and repressed group histories into the permanent …

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20 objects for 20 years of Harry Potter

In honor of 20 years of Harry Potter, arguably my favorite books since I could read chapter books, I have scrolled through the British Museum’s extensive collections database to find magical gems. Ancient Magic What better object to begin with than a magic wand! This is an amuletic wand from the Middle Kingdom, Egypt, 2050 …

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Pre-Raphaelite Women

It seems nearly impossible to see an exhibition at Tate Britain without stumbling across yet another piece from their large Pre-Raphaelite collection. I set out to see the new exhibition, Queer British Art, 1861-1967, but amongst the late Victorian art I was startled to recognize a sketch of Medusa by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon, …

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