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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…

Astro Art: cosmic bodies and our solar system

In this new Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year-inspired blog post about astronomically-themed objects from the Museum’s collections, I am looking at planets and other cosmic bodies in our solar system. Celestial globes, armillary spheres and orreries are not only useful astronomical tools; they can also be objects of astounding…

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…

Captain Cook and Halloween – Death in the Archives

This Halloween we’re exploring the darker side of our archives with a special event at The Queen’s House. Going to sea is a dangerous business and our collection is full of tales of death and disaster. We’ll be looking at Franklin’s lost expedition, the life and Death of Captain Cook…

Jaws Revisited – Sharks in Greenwich

It was Shark Week on Discovery Channel in August, and this made me think once again about the relationship between sharks and people. This might be an odd subject to be turning over in one’s mind, but I have always loved sharks, and think about them a lot. One of…