Archive for the 'Museums' Category

Open Cambridge 2013

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Open Cambridge 2013 was a big success. Sadly I was too busy over the weekend to jump wholeheartedly into it but I did manage to squeeze in a few things. On Friday afternoon I managed to scrape in a visit to Corpus Christi College perhaps best known to tourists because of its clock and it’s […]

A saturday of Samuel Butler and Soviet Art

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Spent a satisfying Saturday afternoon with Andres at a talk on Samuel Butler in the newly refurbished Divinity School at St Johns. The college has a large collection on the Victorian art critic, photographer and writer and at the moment there is a display in the Old Library. Currently there is a two year project […]

Open Cambridge 2012 – a much appreciated peek into hidden places

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Open Cambridge is immensely popular. Minutes before the website allows bookings, Cambridge residents take time out of their busy lives to sit poised and waiting at desks all over the city. The booking starts and it’s a crazed race to get what you can as quickly as possible. I was quicker off the mark than […]

Tall Tales with Marvellous Mike Gowar

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

It’s the third day in a row I’ve been to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and why not I say. It’s only just reopened – Friday say the first day – some of you may have spotted the new entrance on Downing Street decorated with balloons. Today I was lured there by a storytelling […]

Andrew Duncan

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

You know how I love a good Andrew Duncan walk and today I managed to persuade Thomas that he did too. Walking from Queenwsay station through the parks and the back streets to Knightsbridge was lovely. Although I’d like to know when London got so crowded. We stopped for a spot of education in the […]

Anglesey Abbey and a real working water mill

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Thomas came to visit me today and we drove out to Anglesey Abbey. As the name suggests the area was originally the site of a priory that was established in the C12th. Almost 65 years after the Dissolution of the Monasteries a chap called Thomas Hobson (he of Hobson’s Choice) bought the land. He converted […]

Dimitrios Pandermalis talking about the new Acropolis Museum

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Yesterday evening I went to the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms to attend the Severis Lecture about the new Acropolis Museum. Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis treated us to a informative and witty overview of the planning and construction of the museum. Designed by the architects, Bernard Tschumi and Michael Photiadis, the building is a rather clever feat […]

A weekend in Oxford

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We spent the weekend in the Other University town! After work on Friday Tim and I drove our hire van packed with bikes, laptops and several different types of shoes southwards. We arrived at Culham at the end of the day – just in time for a guided tour of the fusion research center. Then […]

A trip to Lord’s Bridge

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Today being a Sunday and there not being a whole lot of stuff to do, Tim took us to Lord’s Bridge to show us round the telescopes there. He took advantage of it being a friends and family day so we got a guided tour of the site by Rosie, Bodie and for some of […]

Quattro museo and quattro churches in Rome

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

It turned out that our last day in Rome has been a feast of museums. We started with the closest – the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme Roma which has Roman mosaics, frescos, sculptures and coins. On the top floor (and boy do you notice climbing those stairs) there is a room dedicated to some wall […]