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Monthly Archives: March 2016

  1. British Science Week

    British Science Week is in full swing at the moment and is aimed at celebrating science, engineering, technology and maths. To help them with their aim, we have focused today’s post on the scientists buried and memorialised within the Abbey’s walls.

    One of the most famous scientists buried within Westminster Abbey is Sir Isaac Newton. Most people know Newton for the famous (and probably false) story of an apple falling on his head, which led to him conceiving the universal law of gravitation. However he contributed so much more to the world of science, mathematics and astronomy which has led to his well-deserved reputation as one of the greatest scientists of all time. His grave and accompanying monument are found in the Nave of Westminster Abbey, and are suitably impressive for this great man.

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  2. A Shop Filled With History

    Shops have become an integral part of the visitor experience across museums and heritage sites, but it has been a long journey to reach the formats they exist in today. Having recently attended a lecture by Jamie Larkin, a research student from University College London, I have had my eyes opened to the long history of the shops that we take so much for granted.

    The beginnings of trading as part of the visitor experience can be traced back to medieval times, when badges and relics were sold at pilgrimage sites. However, it was not until the late 1700s and early 1800s that the concept really originated, with the production of catalogues for museums and galleries. Once we reached the early twentieth century the government pushed for museums to become more accessible to the general public with proper guidebooks to educate them. Following this, institutions such as the British...

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  3. World Book Day

    Yesterday was the 19th annual World Book Day which is a worldwide celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. We celebrated with our staff making their own book recommendations; here is a selection of them:

    In light of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday next month, Shushila has recommended The Queen at 90: A Royal Birthday Souvenir. She feels this book gives an excellent overview of the key events in the Queen’s life alongside some beautiful photographs. The book gives some insight to the highlights of a monarch’s life but also draws attention to the more personal milestones the Queen has achieved, such as her marriage, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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