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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…

Looking across the Atlantic in 18th-century maps

Today’s guest blog looks at two beautiful eighteenth century maps of America in our collection. In their own ways, each reflects how the territories of North America were viewed across the vast expanse of water that divided them from Britain. It was written by Emily Casey, a Doctoral Candidate in Art…

Revolutionising Anglo-American relations – The First World War at Sea

Today’s guest blog was written by Dr Richard Dunley from The National Archives. He joins our Maritime Lecture Series tomorrow to explore how the war at sea revolutionised Anglo-American relations between 1914 and 1917. Think about the First World War and images of mud, blood and trenches probably come to mind….

Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals at the Grant Museum

Today’s guest blog was written by Jack Ashby, Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology and curator of the Strange Creatures exhibition. He talks to us about the appearance of Stubbs’ kangaroo and the ways in which imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye. The National Maritime Museum’s…

The Sinking of the Lusitania: Medallions, Mistakes and Mischief

Today’s guest blog was written by Nic Vanderpeet from the Imperial War Museum. He looks at the propaganda drive in the wake of the Lusitania sinking, particularly the fascinating story surrounding one German-made medal. The representation of events takes many forms. Paintings, overtures and statues are among the forms in which important historical…