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Flying High – 230 Years Ago Today

‘All the Conversation here at present turns upon the Balloons’  Benjamin Franklin (France, 1783) Our galleries cover a period that witnessed many great scientific and technological discoveries and achievements. One of the most visually spectacular of these was the development of balloon flight. Ballooning was a scientific feat that caught popular imagination across Europe in […]

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Keeping Warm

While a steady rhythm of cold rain continues tapping on the Museum windows, there are a number of objects going into the galleries that provide a satisfying suggestion of warmth and comfort. Most notably, there is the lucky lady depicted in this large Flemish tapestry warming herself by a large fire and being brought a […]

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Writing Labels & Gallery Text

With over a year until the Europe Galleries re-open, it may come as surprise to learn that we are already nearing the final stages of editing and confirming the text that will appear in the galleries. Indeed, we are doing so, even before the cases and walls, to which they will be fixed, exist! In-situ-text […]

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Workshops

Throughout the project we have been consulting with our peers in the V&A and external specialists.  One of the most effective ways of doing so has been through holding a series of workshops. These enable us to have detailed discussions focused on specific areas of the galleries and their development. They usually last for either […]

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Handing Over the Gallery Space

Since decanting the galleries in 2011, we have made practical use of the emptied gallery spaces for many mock-ups (see previous post). Others within the museum have also found it a useful (and inspirational) space – as shown by the galleries’ metamorphosis into a set for a sci-film by artist in residence Hayley Nebauer! ©Air […]

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Mock-ups

Mock-ups follow pin-ups in our schedule. They have been one of the most important activities in helping us to arrive at our final selection of museum objects to be displayed in the galleries. They are occasions where we bring together the museum objects that have been selected to feature in a specific display and lay […]

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Brainstorms & Pin-Ups

The ideas and messages that are shaping the content of the galleries have been informed and developed using a number of processes. Two key activities that were established in the early days of the project are ‘Brainstorm Meetings’ and ‘Pin-Ups’. Europe Brainstorm Team The Europe Brainstorm Team is an expert group of twenty-five curatorial and […]

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Starting to Select the Objects

The majority of our work is not as dramatically visible as the decanting and stripping out of the galleries. The main hub of activity has been happening outside the galleries – in offices, store rooms, libraries, archives and conservation studios. Here we research, develop and refine new content for the galleries.

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Decanting the Galleries

This second blog entry follows the exciting (and relieving!) recent news that our project has been successful in our bid to the HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) for funding to support the completion of the galleries. As well as a reason for celebration, this achievement provides a good moment to briefly reflect on how far the project has already come since its initial inception back in November 2009.

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Designing and Developing Activity Areas in the Europe 1600 – 1800 Galleries

By Lucy Trench, Lead Educator for the Europe 1600–1800 galleries.These galleries, due to open in December 2014, are the next big gallery development after Medieval & Renaissance. When I took on the role of educator, I wondered how we could refresh our usual package of gallery interpretation and also show some of the social and intellectual changes that took place between 1600 and 1800.

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