News flash: Exhibitions don’t have to be boring — F Yeah History

When I was little, one of my favourite videos to watch was Passport to Paris, a Mary-Kate & Ashley film that, being a twin and a child of 00s, I was obsessed with. What’s always stuck with me, however, is a scene in Passport to Paris, where the twins walk through the Louvre, and slowly, […]

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What archaeology can tell us about the history of migration in England

Heritage Calling

By mapping archaeological finds and historical objects, we can track human movement and better identify the international connections that have contributed to our culture today.

To mark International Migrants Day 2018, we take a look at 7 archaeological and historical objects that help to tell the history of migration in England.

1. An axe that travelled far

Object image: Langdale axe head Stonehenge Langdale Axe, Wiltshire Museum © Historic England Archive and Wiltshire Museum

During the Neolithic period (4000-2200 BC) human settlement in England was changing. The hunter-gatherer lifestyles of the Mesolithic (10,000-4000 BC) gave way to new forms of settlement and activities such as farming, transport and migration can be seen in the archaeological record.

The most common type of polished stone axe found across Britain is the Langdale Axe. Made from a hard green stone found in Great Langdale, in the Lake District, these axes have been found across England, particularly in the…

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Banksymus Maximus

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In 2005, #Banksy installed this ‘cave painting’ in one of our galleries without permission, and without anyone noticing. He gave it a fake identification number and label, and it remained on the wall for three days before the Museum was alerted to the prank via Banksy’s website! 🤦‍♀️ This autumn, we’ve invited Banksy back to the Museum to ‘officially’ hang the hoax piece in our #IObject exhibition highlighting the history of dissent and protest around the world. From ancient Mesopotamia to contemporary US politics – the show demonstrates how questioning authority, registering protest and generally objecting are an integral part of what makes us human. Supported by @Citi. #StreetArt #London #Graffiti #drawing #DrawingOfTheDay #WallArt #Bristol #art #artist #exhibition #BritishMuseum

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Exhibit Piece

Philip K. Dick Review

Story Background
“Exhibit Piece” was published in If in August 1954. It can be found in Second Variety and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick in pp. 155–166.

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Plot Summary
George Miller, dressed in an anachronistic mid-twentieth century suit, takes a robotic pubtrain to his office at the History Agency. When he arrived Controller Fleming scolds him for insisting on dressing like the period he studies. He defends his strange actions as an effort to develop empathy for the period. Fleming, however, is worried that his eccentricities will be noticed by the Board, which insists on total cultural homogeneity. People are no longer able to speak their mind and express their individuality. Miller gets to work on his exhibit of 1950s America, when he hears someone in the exhibit. He thinks it may be someone higher up from the Board, trying to find some small historical inaccuracy to discredit…

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How unpaid work is killing off museums

F Yeah History

Recently the Victoria and Albert Museum put up a job advert for an unpaid voluntary curatorial role. To land this job you needed, minimum, a masters degree and to be able to work for free.

Obviously as soon as this job advert went live, all of history Twitter protested. 

And the V&A duly apologised, said the whole asking people to work for free thing, had been a huge mistake and took down the job advert.

Fantastic win right? Well, kind of, but it’s also something that happens everyday in the history and heritage sector, it’s just that this one time, it was caught.

But we can’t carry on staying quiet every other time this happens. Because our reliance on these voluntary roles will inevitably end up killing our sector.

Lets look at the average route into a paid role at a museum: 

  • Undergraduate degree (ideally from a top university and…

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