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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The Roaches and Lud’s Church

The Peaklander

If quaint villages and picturesque hamlets aren’t your thing, then maybe you’d like to take a stroll along The Roaches. It’s a place where wallabies roamed, where a Knight of the Round Table challenged a strange figure to a duel, and where a maleficent mermaid wants nothing more than to drag you to the depths of a bottomless pool.

While The Roaches (the name, by the way, is just a corruption of the French for rock: ‘roches’) are replete with myth, mystery and legend, the wallabies aren’t a fairy tale. Sir Philip Lee Brocklehurst, who was part of Shackleton’s famed Antarctica expedition, owned a private estate here until 1975 and charged people to walk the lands that you’ll discover on my route. His brother, Henry Courtney Brocklehurst, was a passionate game hunter and collector of both dead and live animals, and he built a zoo on the estate which was home to…

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Folklore & Lud’s Church

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This is the last image from Monday's foggy walk. The Druids thought Lud's Church was a spiritual corridor in the ground. In the past, it was believed to have been made by the devil slashing the earth with a fingernail, creating a deep, unhealable wound – but neither of those are the strangest legends about the chasm. ⛰ You can find out more about this magical, mythical place and its legends in my latest blog (🔗 link in bio). ⛰ #theroaches #ludschurch #ravine #folklore #peakdistrict #uniquedistrict #ig_peakdistrict #hiking #walking #getoutside #getoutthere #stayandwander #exploretocreate #exploremore #folkscenery #wildernessculture #livetoexplore #thevisualscollective #landscapephotography #adventureawaits #earthfocus #earthofficial #ourdailyplanet #nakedplanet #modernoutdoors #neverstopexploring #visualsoflife #AGameofTones #moodygrams #artofvisuals

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