Kathleen Lawther

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We shouldn’t let reality rein in our imagination

Does it really matter if the exhibits we see in a museum are real or not?<p>The British reverence for an equine relic is a curious trait. Our more spiritually minded European neighbours were accustomed to venerate the body parts of human saints, preserving shards of bone, teeth and even the odd …

In pictures: strange creatures through history

Since the earliest days of exploration, paintings and books have offered Britons their first glimpse of exotic creatures from faraway lands. Now, a …

Outcry over Isis destruction of ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud

Militants’ latest assault in Iraq described as war crime by Unesco and condemned as part of systematic campaign to erase millennia of culture<p>Activists, officials and historians have condemned Islamic State (Isis) for the destruction of the ancient Assyrian archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, …

Middle East

Video Shows ISIS Destroying Ancient Artifacts In Mosul Museum

“These ruins behind me are idols and statues that people used to worship in the past instead of Allah,” a man in the video says.<p>A man in the video describes the artifacts as "idols" and says they must be removed.<p>"God create us to worship him," the man says. "Him only not some stones."<p>"Our prophet …

16 Delicious Desserts Proving Raspberries and Chocolate Belong Together

Looking for an elegant dessert for your next dinner party? Here's 16 perfect raspberry-chocolate dishes.<p><b>1. Glazed Dark Chocolate Donuts</b><p>These donuts are truly decadent: Blogger Deliciously Yum glazed simple cake donuts with a combination of chocolate and raspberries — best served warm so the icing …

Dessert

Germany is creating the worlds first Internet museum

The Internet Museum will delve into how the World Wide Web has changed people's lives via inspirational talks and historic gadgets<p>The German city of …

Drones, AK-47s and grenades: Afghan war rugs

Afghan weavers have been incorporating contemporary images of war into their rugs since 1979, when Soviet forces occupied major areas of the country. Following 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan, helicopters, hand grenades, and even predator drones have begun to feature in the intricate designs. …

It may not be as dramatic as a tomb raid, but the discovery of the only surviving bronzes by Michelangelo is the latest in a long line of thrilling art re-attributions<p>The attribution of two bronze nudes to none other than Michelangelo is one of those rare art stories that are genuinely important …

Reaction to the removal of the Natural History Museum’s Dippy highlights our affection for these vital institutions<p>In 1898, a group of construction workers on a railroad in Wyoming thought they’d hit a stone. Instead, they’d found the fossilised bones of a diplodocus. “Most colossal animal ever on …

Skin and Bones - Mobile Augmented Reality App for The National Museum of Natural History's Hall of Bones

Introduction<p>Few museum exhibits in the world can claim to have survived across three centuries or have been gazed upon by tens of millions of …

Museums should make time for slower digital experiences

The Wellcome Collection’s Mindcraft, an interactive digital story about murder and mental healing, takes inspiration from long-form journalism<p>Museums might expect their visitors will spend an hour or two on a physical visit to an exhibition, but how long should they spend with digital content? A …

Stop designing products and start using mobile tech as a tool in the design for a whole service, writes <b>Lindsey Green</b><p>Back in June I co-wrote a piece in this very spot arguing for a greater focus on audiences in the development of mobile tools for the cultural sector. Even then, the unbridled …

Post-web technology: what comes next for museums?

For those working with technology in museums today, the catch-all “digital” has largely replaced “online” and even “web” as a description of what we do. From wearables to virtual reality, a plethora of new technology is emerging that challenges the primacy of the screen at the heart of digital …

The “Digital Journey” of Museum Audiences: 6 Tips to Turn the Digital Visitor Into a Real One

Who has never waited in line to enter a museum or visit a monument standing in the freezing cold of an European capital or under the burning sun of a …

Marketing

The Museum of the Future Is Here

Some things belong in a museum. But at the Smithsonian's recently reopened museum of design, a team has been rethinking what a thing is in the first place.<p>Very soon, every visitor to the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s recently reopened design museum, will receive a giant pen. This pen is not …

Pay,Family finances,Work & careers,Money,National Gallery,Art and design,Culture,Equality,Society,Privatisation,Politics,Business,Economic policy,UK news<p>The museum’s move to privatise its staff illustrates how wages have been squeezed across the country

The Everything Guide to Urban Claymaking

As recently as a few years ago, New Yorkers who made pottery were considered a very specific type of latter-day hippie, congregating at studios like …

V&A to rethink online presence

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is looking to overhaul its online presence and create a platform that “befits our global reputation [and] puts …

21 reasons why I hate museums

<b>1. You only go because you've been told to</b><p>Travel guides are filled to the brim with listings for museums and art galleries, each less enticing than the last. After all, it's what sensible, sophisticated travellers do. The DK Eyewitness guide to Budapest happens to be on my desk. In its opening "at …

Royal Academy of Arts major redevelopment gets go-ahead | Heritage Lottery Fund

Reveal, Celebrate and Explore is a core component of the Burlington Project, the RA’s wider masterplan by the award-winning architect Sir David …

Westminster Abbey: meet the architect-in-residence

Ptolemy Dean, 19th Surveyor of the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, has a very large bunch of keys. He's not sure what they all do. You can forgive him this, since the keys in question open innumerable doors, windows and secret hatches in the edifice that towers over the centre of British political …

Westminster Abbey's junk room has the best view in Europe

We watched the royal wedding from its vantage point – now Westminster Abbey’s secret gallery is opening to the public.<p>'You may remember the wedding we had here in April,” says the Very Rev Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, standing on a gallery 70ft above the Abbey floor. “Well, this is where the …