Museum as utopia: Qatar’s National Museum opens to the public

Overlooking Doha’s sea front, The National Museum of Qatar appears as a mirage in the desert. The highly anticipated museum, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel, held its glamorous opening ceremony on March 27th 2019. The building is an avant-garde structure made with 539 intersecting vertical and horizontal disks of multiple diameters, curvatures, and inclinations. Nouvel’s […]

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Oxford Story Museum launches fund appeal

Image Credit: Steve Daniels (CC BY-SA 2.0) Friday 19th October will see the launch the 1001 Stories Quest, a project aimed at collecting 1001 of the world’s greatest stories. The project costs £6 million and aims at creating 10 new spaces, including the Enchanted Library, Whispering Wood and Treasure Chamber, which will be open for […]

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Fowl play: Oxford dodo murdered

New research conducted at the University of Warwick has revealed how Oxford’s dodo, whose remains are held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, died. The renowned bird, which experts previously thought had died as a money-making rarity in London, was actually shot. Dodos, which were native to Mauritius, became extinct as a result […]

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Review: ‘LinguaMania’ at the Ashmolean

In the uncertain global climate of 2017, there is more need than ever for us to celebrate diversity, find common connections and communicate with each other, and what better way to do so than through a shared exploration and appreciation of languages? This was the premise of the Ashmolean Museum’s ‘Live Friday’ programme entitled LinguaMania. […]

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Collecting for Queen and Sundry

Some of London’s strangest and most evocative museums were created from the private collections of visionary hoarders. Those planning on embarking on a little spring-cleaning over the next few months might want to consider a period of reflection before they do so. Naturally, it may take some time before your clutter is considered to be […]

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A clockwork orrery

Tick-tick, tick-tock, tick-tick. The clockwork inside the fat brass disk clicks as our guide turns the tiny brass handle of the Orrery.  It looks too small for his large gnarled hands, but he gently turns the handle and the delicate brass wires suspending the planets in their place begin to turn under the rhythm of […]

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Pitt Rivers receives £75,000 grant

Oxford University’s Pitt Rivers Museum has received a grant of £76,654 to document some of its founder’s earliest archaeological collections. The grant, awarded by the Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund, will mean that roughly 7,500 prehistoric artefacts from General Pitt-Rivers’ collections can be studied for the first time. The artefacts come from sites across the UK, including […]

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