One of the most important relics of indigenous Viking culture will leave Scotland for the first time in its 1,100 year history to go on display at the British Museum this week.
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Sunday 27 July 2008
Friday 25 July 2008
To say that I thought more than once of Heat magazine and Hello! while walking round the British Museum's new exhibition Hadrian: Empire and Conflict might easily suggest that I think something has gone wrong here. The British Museum is, after all, one of the world's great centres of learning – a place where, to paraphrase Neil MacGregor's opening remarks at the press view, visitors can come to reflect on the nature of past civilisations and their contributions to our current one. It's a place where you might hope to get away from the shallow culture of fame that Heat and Hello! represent, rather than find another expression of those values. And yet – in an importantly qualified way – it turns out to be very Hello! and very Heat.
Thursday 24 July 2008
Thursday 10 July 2008
Tuesday 17 June 2008
Contrary to the impression given by the headline to the Pandora column on 13 June, the Temporary Denial Order imposed by the US Department of Commerce on a number of companies including Balli Group plc does not relate to arms but to passenger airplanes. We accept that the matter has nothing whatsoever to do with arms and we apologise to them and to Lord Lamont for this error. Balli Group plc's position is that the decision to issue the Order was based on inaccurate information, it has instructed attorneys to appeal against the Order and is fully cooperating with the Department's enquiries. We will pay substantial damages which Balli Group plc are donating to the British Museum.
Saturday 14 June 2008
Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of the budget airline easyJet, is due to launch a one-man campaign to reunite the Elgin Marbles by taking out a series of full-page advertisements in national newspapers across Britain next week.
Friday 18 April 2008
I encountered an old acquaintance the other day at the British Museum's new exhibition, American Prints: From Hopper to Pollock. But it was one of those slightly embarrassing meetings, where you recognise the face but can't immediately pin down why. I knew we'd met somewhere before, and I knew too that this recognition stirred feelings of affection. But the name and the occasion eluded me.
Tuesday 15 April 2008
Postgraduate Queries: 'Will a Masters in a specialist subject help me to get a museum job? And how do I get into forensic science?'
Thursday 10 April 2008
How do I become a curator?
Sunday 06 April 2008
Monday 25 February 2008
Blockbuster exhibitions ensured that Britain's popularity as a tourist attraction remained high last year despite the unusually wet summer.
Sunday 10 February 2008
Thursday 07 February 2008
The poet Walt Whitman described the former United States Patent Building – the scene of Abraham Lincoln's inaugural ball – as "the noblest of Washington buildings". So when Norman Foster set about renovating its courtyard – it is now the Smithsonian Institute and houses the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery – he was determined to preserve the historical integrity of the building, while bringing the space back to life.
Friday 25 January 2008
Friday 11 January 2008
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