I need to write this purely personal post before I can continue. I am a firm believer in the relevance of thinking about identities, and this has featured often on my blog . Unsurprisingly, I have also thought a lot about my own identities and how they connect me to others and the world around … Continue reading Before I can go on
Recently, I strolled through my local woods and came across a carved Irminsul leaning against a tree some way back from the path. Intrigued, I made my way over, to find that the Irminsul had runes carved across the top. Now, my rune reading skills are a little rusty. But after a while I established … Continue reading Heritage Censure?
Twice over the past two months I’ve attended workshops that have sought to tackle the basic question of what makes good interpretation . One workshop aimed at developing a best practice document, while the other started a discussion on what might become the criteria for a quality mark for interpretation. Both approaches have highlighted the … Continue reading What Makes Good Interpretation, or: Here’s the Crux
Early in December last year, the British Museums Association issued an exciting research brief. They want to find out what the public think of the present and potential purposes of museums, and their roles in society.I am really looking forward to this research report, which is due at the end of March. Crucially, the research … Continue reading What is the purpose of museums?
A few weeks before my recent visit to Stonehenge, I chanced to watch ‘The Age of Cosmology’ part 3 of Neil Oliver’s documentary series, ‘A History of Ancient Britain’. Beside Stonehenge, the documentary also talked about other Stone Age sites, such as the nearby Avebury stone circle and the sites far north in Orkney. The … Continue reading Can a TV documentary be interpretation?