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Ways of Seeing – Conference Response

Today’s guest post is by Damian Smith of RMIT University in Melbourne. He summarises and responds to  the fascinating series of papers at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference. It was linked to our contemporary art exhibition Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin. The 2015 Ways of Seeing Conference, held on…

Dryden Goodwin: Behind the scenes with conservation

For Museum Week Clara de la Pena McTigue, Senior Prints and Drawings Conservator, talks about the work she did to prepare for our Unseen: Lives of Looking exhibition.  Hello from the Conservation team! For the past year and a half the Conservation Department has been working very closely with curator…

Women’s History Month – Emma Hamilton and the power of a stereotype

Lady Hamilton’s historical significance is foregrounded on the occasion of Women’s History Month. Emma Hamilton was born into poverty in 1765 at Ness in Cheshire. Her given name was Amy Lyon, daughter of Henry Lyon a blacksmith who died when she was an infant. From such beginnings, one of the…

Death in the Archives: Taxidermy in The Queen’s House

Did you know that Taxidermy has links to The Queen’s House and the fine art collection on display within? It will also be a major part of our upcoming Death in the Archives event this Halloween.  The Queen’s House has many myths and legends that surround it, all who visit…

John Everett: Dazzle!

Visitors to the Queen’s House will have noticed that the drawings by Gladys E. Reed, William Dring, John Worsley and John Kingsley Cook shown as part of War Artists at Sea, came off display last month. This is because works on paper are particularly sensitive to light and can only…