‘A World of Fragile Parts’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Archaeology / Museums

‘A World of Fragile Parts’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Recently I went to see the Architecture Biennale in Venice and its exhibition entitled ‘A World of Fragile Parts’. This was curated by Brendan Cormier from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and explored the idea that making copies of things is a way of preventing the loss of material heritage. Having this show in … Continue reading

Impaled heads and destroyed memory at the British Museum
Archaeology / Discussion / History / Museums / Reviews / Uncategorized

Impaled heads and destroyed memory at the British Museum

Deface, purify, obliterate, rip off, slash, delete, desecrate, erase, condemn, smooth over, destroy, mutilate. These are the different words used in the British Museums’ new display entitled ‘Defacing the past: damnation and desecration in imperial Rome’ to illustrate the actions taken by people against the images and names of those in power. Some of the … Continue reading

Lego, Pompeii, and the power of anachronism
Archaeology / Classics and pop culture / Museums

Lego, Pompeii, and the power of anachronism

While doing research for my PhD thesis I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of anachronism. Broadly defined, anachronism means taking something from one historical time period and placing it in another. This can mean attributing modern ideas to ancient people, judging them by our values (or us by theirs), or it can mean … Continue reading

RECASTING: classical casts and contemporary art
Classics and pop culture / Museums

RECASTING: classical casts and contemporary art

RECASTING is an exhibition of contemporary art that I have co-curated with fellow grad student, James Cahill, here in the Museum of Classical Archaeology in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge (see more here). It incorporates a selection of modern works in different media that variously echo, embrace, or challenge the classical artistic tradition, staging a series … Continue reading

My Museum Favourite: A Carian Stele from Saqqara
Archaeology / Museums

My Museum Favourite: A Carian Stele from Saqqara

This week Matthew Scarborough explains why this Carian funerary stele in the Fitzwilliam Museum is his Museum Favourite. The Fitzwilliam museum contains a number of objects given by the Egypt Exploration Society that it obtained through its excavations and redistributed to different charitable institutions that have supported its work. One of the objects in the … Continue reading