I am a conservator. A vague statement, I know. As a vocation, conservation remains poorly defined, at least to those who do not find themselves within it. The issue of terminology has been exhaustively addressed . Whilst those who are not employed within a particular profession often lack an understanding of that profession’s intricacies, they... Continue Reading →
This week, Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or 'Festival of Sacrifice'. Our Artefact of the Week, the Mihrab, reflects the importance of prayer and art in Islamic culture. What is Eid al-Adha? The festival is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's (peace be upon him) commitment to God's will to sacrifice his most... Continue Reading →
This week's Artefact of the Week is a big ol' hoax! To reiterate, this is not a real mermaid skeleton. It is a fake. To many readers this may seem obvious and you may be wondering why such caution is needed before this post has gotten to the point. However, at the time of its... Continue Reading →
Tattoos in Prehistory, analysing some of the earliest definitive evidence for tattooing practices in the archaeological record from sites across the world.
The article explores autism in the museum through Firing Line Museum of The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh located in the Interpretation Centre of Cardiff Castle.
On this day in AD 1533, Pope Clement VII issued a warning that effectively meant the excommunication of England's King Henry VIII. To very briefly sum up one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in British history, the excommunication came as a result of Henry VIII annulling his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and... Continue Reading →