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Remembrance Day – “Many there be that have no memorial”

On Remembrance Day we look at the conservation of two memorial busts ‘intended to record the rank and file who have gained no mention or special distinction’. “Many there be that have no memorial, whose righteous deeds shall not be forgotten” This was the intended inscription that was to accompany…

Franklin’s Doomed Mission – Halloween Voyage of the Damned

Going to sea is a dangerous business. Ahead of our Halloween event Voyage of the Damned we’re looking at some of the more gruesome tales that can be found in our archive.   In May 1845 two ships, HMS Erebus and Terror sailed from Britain to what is now Nunavut in Northern Canada. …

My migration story: RE·THINK Migration

Today’s guest blog is written by Karen McCarthy Woolf, the Poet in Residence for RE·THINK Migration. She talks about her residency but also her families own migration  story – and how our archives could help trace their journey.  Since I started my residency in the Re:Think space I’ve been thinking about my…

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…

#DisabilityStories: Against Captain’s Orders

Today is #DisabilityStories on Twitter, an international event where we can celebrate the work being done to ensure museums are accessible to all audiences. Later this month we’re holding special British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances of Against Captain’s Orders – we caught up with the team involved to see how they go about…