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A very brief history of staying dry

E.1240-1931 Poster No Wet - No Cold; 'No Wet - No Cold'. Colour lithograph poster with a stylised graphic design of umbrellas, advertising the London Underground Railways. Designed by Manner and issued by the Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd., 1929. Manner Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd. London 1929 Colour lithograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As I said in the first post, to stay dry is a very human wish (unless of course you subscribe to the ‘aquatic ape’ theory put forward by some natural historians); so how did people keep the rain off in the olden days?     There is evidence that aboriginal Americans were the first true […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.30

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.30 Spring is upon us so I guess it is time for that spring clean, get rid of all the junk that has accumulated, either that or you could get the house clearance people in.  Maybe a side line to his artwork but it’s good to […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.29

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.29 Sunday in Dalston – a shop for the price conscious celestial entrant. Kingsland Rd, E8 ©Barnaby Barford 2014    

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.28

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.28 The most appropriate up to date technology font for a dry cleaners.  I’m sure their name didn’t have the same connotations when they opened either.  Finchley N3.     ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Into each life some rain must fall

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Va benone...ecco che piove!; Postcard, Milford Haven Collection, 'Va benone...ecco che piove!', Man putting up his umbrella against 'rain' caused by dog urinating, lithograph, Italian, ca.1904
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Ca. 1904
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© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  If, like me, you have been a victim of Britain’s unpredictable and frequently inclement weather you may have observed two things:   British people have a tendency to discuss the weather frequently and at great length. A lot of time has been expended trying to find methods to stay dry.     The first […]

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How can technology improve the museum experience?

Startup Weekend Art London

This weekend, I’ll be judging the final presentations at Startup Weekend Art London. Over 54 hours, teams of technologists, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, mobile developers and product experts will come together to build real solutions to the art world’s most pressing problems, using technology and business models from other industries to innovate and disrupt the arts world […]

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Audio and Technology in the Galleries

I remember that when I started working in museums in the late 1990s, computer terminals and audio points were just starting to become common sights in gallery displays. Often, there was a film running on a loop on a television screen, or there was a somewhat clunky computer supplying limited information. The question of whether […]

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