Objects Through Time
tells the story of immigration and the changing ethnic diversity of New South Wales, Australia through "movable heritage
" - that is, artifacts and objects with historical resonance. While almost ignoring 50,000 years of aboriginal occupation, the site does a nice job of both familiar topics through a fresh lens (e.g., Captain Cook's "secret instructions
"), but also takes pains to look at those lesser known topics which may be more accessible through material culture than through texts. [more inside]
posted by Rumple
on Sep 14, 2010 -
Circuits are flipping on in the nation's attic
. A couple of weeks ago, 31 "digerati"
-- like Clay Shirky
, Chris Anderson
, and George Oates
-- dropped in to the Smithsonian Institution
for the invitation-only conference "Smithsonian 2.0: A Gathering to Re-imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age"
. Dan Cohen
of the Center for History and New Media
provides a great summary
(and continues to pose provocative questions) on his own blog. Those whose invitations were somehow lost in the mail can play fly-on-the-wall by watching the keynotes
, paging through the Flickr pool
of envymaking glimpses of their behind-the-scenes lab and collections tours, reading the blog
(where Bruce Wyman of the Denver Art Museum lays out a succinct road map
for museums using social media), and poking around in the SI's website gallery
. Want to cheer on the USA's favorite 163-year-old "Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge"
without taking the trip to DC? Thanks to their recent efforts, you can now follow the SI on Twitter
, listen to its podcasts
, watch its YouTube channel
, visit the Latino Virtual Museum in Second Life
, or use the FaceBook gifts page
to send your best friends their very own pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers
, Hope diamond
, Negro Leagues baseball
, or coelocanth
posted by Miko
on Feb 27, 2009 -
Sir John Soane
(1753-1837) was responsible for the design of quite a few of London’s public buildings
(and to some extent, its phonebooths
). His home, now a museum
, is filled to the brim with architectural relics, sculptures, paintings, drawings, stained glass, and assorted curiosities. Almost unchanged since his death, it also contains the gravesite
of his wife’s beloved dog Fanny, a mummified rat, an Egyptian sarcophagus
, and an imaginary monk named Padre Giovanni. Best of all, on the first Tuesday of every month the museum has a candlelight tour which enhances the spooky splendor
of the rooms.
posted by annaramma
on Dec 15, 2005 -
"A Collection of Rarities"
The John Tradescants (Elder and Younger
) lived in London
in the 16th and 17th centuries. Adventurous travellers, diplomats
, horticultural pioneers
, polymaths, they were also collectors, acquiring (and asking their friends to acquire) specimens of the wonders of the world. Their growing collection
was housed in a large house -- "The Ark" -- in Lambeth, London. The Ark was the
prototypical Cabinet of Curiosity or Wunderkammer, a collection of rare and strange objects. The Tradescant's collection
was eventually transferred to -- and some say it was swindled out of them by -- Elias Ashmole
, who used it to start The Ashmolean Museum
in Oxford. The Tradescants are buried in St. Mary's Churchyard, Lambeth
, now home to the Museum of Garden History
posted by carter
on Mar 14, 2005 -
Staffordshire Past Track.
History and images of an English Midlands county : old photographs
on historic churches
, serial killers
(and the 1984-85 strike
Related sites :- the
Museums of the Potteries
, the area around Stoke-on-Trent which played a major role in the Industrial Revolution; thepotteries.org
, including postcards
Search of Agenoria
, black and white photographs of the post-industrial Black Country landscape; A Miner's Son
- more mining history in the Midlands (with more on the 1984-85 strike, possibly the most divisive political event in recent British history); save Bethesda Chapel
, a historic Methodist chapel in Stoke; panoramic views and history of Lichfield Cathedral
posted by plep
on Aug 25, 2003 -
A dissappearing history.
The National Museum of Iraq
recorded a history of civilizations that began to flourish in the fertile plains of Mesopotamia more than 7,000 years ago. But once American troops entered Baghdad in sufficient force to topple Saddam Hussein's government this week, it took only 48 hours for the museum to be destroyed, with at least 170,000 artifacts carried away by looters.
posted by the fire you left me
on Apr 12, 2003 -
is a site for a book, and a traveling exhibit, of photgraphy of public lynchings in the Not-so-long-ago-as-you-might-wish American past.
A friend of mine went to the exhibit in Pittsburgh and said it was hardest thing he's ever done, it was moving and horryfying of what people are capable of when they become an angry mob.
However BAD you thoguht the world is now, it was worse just several decades ago.
posted by Dome-O-Rama
on Jan 25, 2002 -