Category Archives: museums & galleries

Ice Age Art at the British Museum

There are a lot of benefits derived from being a member of the Council for British Archaeology, but I think yesterday’s private view of Ice Age Art at the British Museum was, by itself, worth the membership fee. Space …….…….. … Continue reading

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Brompton Cemetery and Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

What have the following got in common? GoldenEye, Stormbreaker, and Johnny English; the source of Beatrix Potter’s characters’ names; a purported time machine using ancient Egyptian technology; Emmeline Pankhurst, Brian Glover, John Wisden, Bernard Levin, Samuel Cunard, G A Henty, Samuel … Continue reading

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Johan Zoffany RA, David Garrick, William Shakespeare and Kitty Clive (and Bushy Park)

My daughter has been home from university over Easter; she is in the closing stages of writing her dissertation Class, Morality & Taste: theatre & society in Eighteenth Century London, and I have had the pleasure of reading through four … Continue reading

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Cornwall and Port Sunlight

Mary Martin held her biennial art exhibition recently, from 29 May to 5 June, in its usual location, St Dominic village hall. I first went to an exhibition of hers about 20 years ago, by chance driving past on the … Continue reading

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Brian Aldiss, John Clute, Michael Moorcock and Norman Spinrad at the British Library

The OED says: New Wave, n. and adj. Forms: also with lower-case initials. Etymology: < NEW adj. + WAVE n.  2 b. With the. A loose movement in science fiction writing from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, characterized by an experimental … Continue reading

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CBA Weekend: Cornish Mines and Engines, King Edward Mine and the Great Flat Lode

Yesterday was prehistoric, but Sunday in the Council for British Archaeology’s Cornwall weekend started with a series of presentations on the archaeology of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site at the National Trust’s Cornish Mines and … Continue reading

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CBA Weekend: Lanhydrock;Truro’s Architecture, and Historic Landscape Characterisation in Cornwall

Unfortunately, after my first night had good HDSPA reception enabling me to use my mobile broadband, subsequent nights (in Newquay and Whiddon Down) have only managed a ‘good’ GPRS, which is only useful for emails and slow browsing, so I … Continue reading

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