University of Sydney: Nicholson Museum

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Between morning and afternoon conference sessions today I visited the Nicholson Museum in the Quadrangle of the University of Sydney. This was my second time visiting Australia’s oldest University Museum. The first was in January this year. I was very glad to see there was a special exhibition on Pompeii. It is a marvellous museum in Sydney. Its treatment and display of antiquities is astounding! Continue reading “University of Sydney: Nicholson Museum”

Australian Historical Association

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If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know I’ve been attending the Australian Historical Association Conference in Sydney. So far it has been an absolutely amazing conference. My paper went well and people seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say. Thank you to everyone who attended the session!

I’ve called this entry “Time Machine Please” for one very good reason. Today I attended nine talks two of which mentioned the exhibit: “Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War I”. I immediately jumped onto the State Library of New South Wales website only to find the exhibit had closed last year. Upset is an understatement! I can only hope that they will consider running it again. Continue reading “Australian Historical Association”

The Beatles Tour

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So my time in England has come to an end. The last museum I want to review is the Museum of Liverpool. I don’t have a lot to say about this one. We visited just to see the Beatles installation show on the top level. That, in itself, was worth visiting. You step into darkened room that plays Beatles music and tells you a bit of their back story. Continue reading “The Beatles Tour”

The Cavern Club Liverpool

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Liverpool – home of the Beatles and the coolest/hippest city in England. The former is true and the latter is opinion. We dropped off our rental car yesterday morning and headed straight for the Beatles Story Museum at Albert Dock. The dock is absolutely beautiful packed with restaurants and museums. There are two bands in this world I love more than I should: the Beatles and Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. So the Beatles Museum was an obvious start to the trip. Putting it out there I cannot be completely unbiased reviewing this museum. In fact I’m writing this review listening to Hello, Goodbye. If the museum was just two boards that said THE BEATLES I still would have loved it. Continue reading “The Cavern Club Liverpool”

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

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So technically we didn’t go to a museum today but an “attraction”. For the sake of this blog, however, we went to a museum – The World of Beatrix Potter. I can understand why they don’t call it a museum. On the other hand, though, it was a building that contained various objects that told a story and represented a memory. Continue reading “The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction”

Hadrian’s Wall & Derwent Museum


How can you improve a long road trip? Go to a museum! Whilst driving from York to the Lake District we detoured slightly to visit Birdoswald Fort and Hadrian’s Wall. The Fort itself was quite impressive. However, I really enjoyed seeing the remnants of Hadrian’s Wall. Birdoswald is where you can see the longest remaining intact stretch of the wall. Inside Birdoswald you can see the wall up close – you and a few dozen sheep. There are so many sheep roaming around it’s quite atmospheric. Continue reading “Hadrian’s Wall & Derwent Museum”