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£20m plan for National Railway Museum

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on May 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

The National Railway Museum (York) opened in the 1970s and hasn’t really had much of an overhaul since. The great hall, the central exhibition space where the huge exhibits are stored, is due to have a revamp soon. HLF have awarded them £200,000 to firm up their proposals, but it’s thought the full project will cost in the region of £20m. There’s a piece about it on Museum [Insider].

Dulwich OnView: cultural barometer

In Dulwich OnView, new content on May 26, 2009 at 8:08 am

In January I stared into my cultural crystal ball and wrote a piece on DOV predicting the hottest tickets in south London in 2009. Thought I’d revisit my guess work and see how I did. There’s a quick piece on DOV today.

Some I got right. Some I got terribly wrong. I would’ve thought ”The Dulwich’ could have written a song, at least.

Dulwich Artists’ Open House

In Dulwich OnView, new content on May 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm

As part of Dulwich Festival each May, there is an annual Artists’ Open House – two weekends on either side of the festival when local artists in around the Dulwich area throw open the doors of their homes and studios and invite the great unwashed in to see their work. (And hopefully make a purchase or two along the way.)

I went along to see some of them this year and wrote a piece about some of the artists I met for Dulwich OnView. My particular favourites have to be the students from Cambwell College of Art who, have been inspired by the abundance of fried chicken boxes in the locale. What inspiration!

Mackintosh gets huge interest

In Museum [Insider], new content on May 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Glasgow School of Art is set not only to revisit its main building (designed by the youthful Charles Rennie Mackintosh) but also to create a new wing over the road. There’s been an astonishing response to the call for architectural practices interested in working on the project – over 150 companies applied. There’s an article all about it on Museum [Insider]: Mackintosh’s Glasgow Gem Expands.

On being a museum geek

In Museums on May 14, 2009 at 10:04 am

Off to the Museums and Heritage Show this afternoon at Earl’s Court.

There’s a session on the Cultural Olympiad I’m thinking of attending. I can’t decide whether I’m excited by the CO, or if it’s going to end up being a mish-mash of badly planned, over-funded and underwhelming programming. It could so easily be excellent. And I’m hoping for the latter, of course. We’ll see.

And then off to see the lovely King’s museum learning reading group. We’ll have some geeky chat about audio guides and pull some academic literature to pieces.

What a fun day ahead.

British Museum grows

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on May 7, 2009 at 7:31 am

My old stomping ground, the British Museum, are set to open a brand new wing in 2012. It’s going to house their new state-of-the-art research and collections management centre, plus a new puspose-built exhibition suite. That means they’ll be able to move out of the Reading Room and return it back to a library, which will please many. The BM has proven in recent years that it is just as capable of putting on blockbusters as the National Gallery and Tate, and that they need a space large and well-serviced enough to do just that. First Emperor and Hadrian were such huge successes and it’ll be great to see them build on that.

As ever, I’ve written a piece about it for Museum Insider. Take a look if you’d like to know more.

Grayson likes my stuff

In Museums, what i'm reading on May 6, 2009 at 11:23 am

Oooh exciting news from my former employer the British Museum. Turns out Grayson Perry went to see the new Chinese Ceramics gallery – the last major project I worked on before I left in April – and he really likes it.

There’s a piece about it in the Sunday Times. Thanks Grayson.

Glasgow Guggenheim

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on May 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

Turns out Glasgow is having even more investment pumped into its arts scene. After the huge success of Kelvingrove, the old museum of transport is now being transformed into the Riverside Museum. Heralded as the ‘Glasgow Guggenheim’ – because of the striking design of the building (Zaha Hadid) – it will open to the public in 2011.

I’ve had a bit of a root around for some info and there’s a piece now live about it on Museum [Insider].

Celebrating people and culture

In Dulwich OnView, new content on May 1, 2009 at 7:40 am

I met this week with a local councillor in my area (London Borough of Southwark) and chatted with him about arts and culture provision in the borough. He’s Cllr Lewis Robinson, the Executive Member for culture, leisure and sport and he’s also the councillor for one of the wards in Dulwich, so he’s a good guy for us to get to know.

The motto of Dulwich OnView is
celebrating people and culture in south London.

He’s a reasonably important person in the world of culture in south London, so we thought it would be best to interview him.

Take a look at what he had to say.