1900s, Uncategorized

Ezra Keats and one special snow day

Does this illustration ring a bell? It is from a children’s book called ‘The Snowy Day’. Written in 1962 by Ezra Keats, a Brooklyn-born illustrator, this simple tale is still read by children today and I remember reading it in the 90s. Keats’ illustrations are iconic and though you may not remember the title, you certainly …

1900s, Literary History

Edith Nesbit and her Victorian tales of horror

Edith Nesbit is well known for her wonderful contributions to the British canon of children’s literature. Her books have a transcendent quality. My grandparents read them, my parents did, and I was encouraged to as well. Yet, I discovered recently that Penguin re-published her collection of horror stories, titled ‘Tales of Horror’, and it includes …

History Notes

#Book Club – Microhistories – ‘Perfume’

Microhistory is the “intensive historical investigation of a well-defined smaller unit of research (most often a single event, the community of a village, or an individual)” (stolen from Wikipedia)   There has been quite a few books popping up recently that focus in on a small object or event, and then look at a larger …

Career Tips

Navigating a heritage sector career

Most people currently working in the heritage sector probably have one thing in common – they didn’t realise it would be quite this difficult. Specifically, we didn’t realise just how competitive the jobs can be. A forgivable miscalculation, of course, because this isn’t like acting or the music industry, right? There must be an equal …

History Notes

The Wipers Times

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. A battle which, in the first day alone, injured 60,000 men and wounded/killed more than 1 million soldiers in just a few months. We find it hard to truly get our heads around the horror experienced by these men, especially when statistics, artifacts, …

Museum Stuff

Chawton House Library

“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.” – Persuasion, 1818. This time one month ago I was packing my bags, ready to begin a month-long residential internship at Chawton House Library. It was …

History Notes

WW – Margaret Fountaine, Lepidopterist extraordinaire

Lepidopterist – Noun: A person who collects or studies butterflies and moths. Margaret Fountaine, Victorian lady, and a serious lover of butterflies. Margaret spent the best part of her lifetime collecting and creating illustrated guides to her vast collection of butterflies. She was part of the Victorian craze for collecting and cataloguing natural history, but …

Museum Stuff

“Not relevant to their everyday lives”: A Millennial Problem

There has recently been a tonne of discussion surrounding Millennials, and how on earth do Museums engage them? I find this question of Millennials in museums especially interesting and relevant considering I am one who both visits and works in them. Also, when you think about it, a large number of young people make up …