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Shades of Grey

I have to admit that many of the tasks I most enjoy are those which necessitate bringing together a number of museum objects in the same space. Placed together, objects seem to become more ‘alive’ as their various colours and textures draw out and highlight a range of different qualities in each other. So this […]

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Building the Exhibition

There’s a lot of designing going on in William Kent. The exhibition subtitle is ‘Designing Georgian Britain’, the title of this blog is ‘Designing William Kent’ (meta, I know), and a large number of the objects on display are designs for everything from chandeliers to landscape gardens, from town house ceilings to a royal barge. […]

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Down but not out

If you tried to view our website this week there’s a good chance you’d have encountered a big, fat nothing. For 24 hours our website was down. We were victim to the world’s largest ever denial of service attack (DDoS). It reminded me that one of the most interesting things that can happen to a […]

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Religious Ceremonies of the World

In a previous post I explained how we have been holding workshops with external specialists. These enable us to draw from a broad spectrum of expertise when focussing on specific areas of the galleries and their development. We recently held another of these workshops, this time focusing on a significant work that was first published […]

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The Dirty Word of Digital

Barely a day goes by without me mentioning the C word. Content, that is. The dirty word of digital. But according to Matt Locke, founder of Storythings, if you’re using the word content, you’ve failed already. Great. His point is that when it comes to digital culture we shouldn’t think about content. Instead we should […]

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Moving Objects

I was going to start this entry by mentioning how nice it is when going about the Museum to occasionally ‘run into’ Europe Gallery objects as they are being transported between various departments or studios. When leaving my office a few weeks ago I found this rather large frame at the top of our stairs […]

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Drawer Objects

Some of the objects going into the galleries cannot be displayed in the usual display cases, most often because an object is particularly light sensitive. This means that its condition and stability would deteriorate if it was kept on long-term display, exposed to a constant light. To enable some of these sensitive objects to be […]

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Kent: Bigger than Downton?

It’s been a good start to 2014 for William Kent. Not only did the New York Times publish a very favourable review of the exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center, the author also mentioned our ‘Signor’ and his architectural achievements in the same breath as everyone’s other favourite country house: Downton Abbey. On the face […]

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Book Cases

As every bibliophile knows, the main problem with books is how quickly they take up space.  It starts off harmlessly enough, and then before you know it a casual second-hand buying habit  quickly escalates into an in-house version of Matej Krén’s book installation art, in which books start to become the buildings they inhabit.  One […]

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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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