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Animal Facts to Fall in Love With…

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:35:18 +0000

In anticipation of Valentine’s at the Grant this Friday (12th February) I have sought out some animal facts which you will otterly love! On Friday the museum will be holding a themed late opening with Valentine’s-related animal tags being placed around the museum. Please excuse the Valentine’s puns – I’ve had a whale of a […]

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Please don’t call us a Cabinet of Curiosity

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:26:10 +0000

“Isn’t the Grant Museum wonderful! It’s such a cabinet of curiosity!” This exclamation is clearly meant as a rich endorsement of the Grant Museum – it’s obviously intended as a compliment. Nevertheless, it makes me wince. Inspiring curiosity and wonder is surely among the highest ambitions a museum could ever have. It’s infinitely more important […]

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Happily Never After: A Moral Proposition for the Management of Museum Collections

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:30:41 +0000

This is a provocation I wrote and presented at ‘The Future of Museums’ Conference, held at UCL in 2014. Having attended a few seminars and conferences in the sector recently, I feel the need to share it with a wider audience. The text appears as I presented it at the conference, with added links for […]

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UCL Special Collections

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