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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…

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…

Zig-zagging : how to confuse the enemy at sea

This zig-zag clock – a rare object from the Second World War, now on display at Royal Observatory Greenwich – was part of a Top Secret, and incredibly dangerous, defence tactic used by Allied convoys throughout the Battle of the Atlantic, the fiercest naval struggle in modern history. An unusual timepiece,…

Mike Leigh, Mr Turner and Greenwich

The critically acclaimed Mr Turner film has gone on general release. You may not know that Royal Museums Greenwich have been involved behind the scenes for years. After what seems like a very long time, Mike Leigh’s critically acclaimed Mr Turner finally goes on general release today. I say a long time,…

Hodges on film

In 2004-5, the Museum staged an exhibition on the career of William Hodges (William Hodges 1744-1797: the Art of Exploration), which considered his art from Cook’s second voyage alongside his work in India for the Governor General, Warren Hastings. As part of the preparation, Hodges’ paintings were all looked at…