The British Museum
I’ve been to the British Museum twice now. I have twice missed the Rosetta Stone. It’s a neat building. It has a lot of artifacts from pretty much every time period and pretty much anywhere. That might be the problem, though.
The aesthetically pleasing Great Hall.
Many of these artifacts were taken, or should I use the word stolen, under unreasonable circumstances. This comes up quite often when museums have possession of artifacts, often culturally appropriated.
Lining new walls with old walls.
Who owns the artifacts? The artifacts have come been in possession for hundred of years. What’s the big deal? The cultural origin of the artifact has its rights to the piece. The museum has some rights to the piece. People have some rights to see the piece. Should we share these significant artifacts with the whole world?Lock them away? Share with few? Use and use? It’s a gray area for sure. While the debate probably will never cease to exit, it is certainly important to acknowledge.
What is the source of our knowledge?
S.P. Sullivan, my significant other was in town so he didn’t really need to see my photos of the day since he was with me this week. But here they are.
March 14, 2010
Safe to say, the Museum of London was enjoyed by Sean.
March 15, 2010
Not to be emo, but Sean was the only good thing about my day.
March 16, 2010
The Photographer's Gallery is hit or miss, so keep going back.
March 17, 2010
My favorite night site is Parliament and the clock tower. Beautiful.
March 18, 2010
Sometimes it's the simple things in life that have meaning.
March 19, 2010
The Vietnamese Restaurant in China Town is phenomenal.
March 20, 2010
Fish for sale at Portobello Road Market.
March 21, 2010
The British Library.
March 9, 2010
A chunk of the Berlin Wall outside London's Imperial War Museum.
If you’re interested in history or war or both, London’s Imperial War Museum is an educational experience for adults and children alike.
London's Imperial War Museum.
The collection boasts exceeding numbers of artifacts from the 20th century. The major exhibits feature World War I and World War II. Not only can one see letters, weapons, uniforms, and read about the tactics of the wars, but a unique trench experience is set up for those who want to walk through the model.
The trench experience.
While the exhibits are large, they also wind their way in circles. It’s easy to get a bit turned around, miss something, or look at things backwards rather than forwards.
Following the world wars are smaller sections on the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and conflicts in the middle east. The most recent war highlighted in the Persian Gulf War, while even smaller exhibits highlight genocide and conflicts within the last few decades.
Some of the most ironic things about the museum is the British school children and teens touring around. While a light shined the words ‘Cold War’ on to a wall, a group of uniformed school girls took their picture below the sign; smiling in a line as if they were posing for a calendar. Around the corner at the Vietnam exhibit, a girl walked up to several TVs playing a montage of war and administrative footage to the music of Jimi Hendrix’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner,” and said, “Why do we have the same thing playing on three screens, and very weird music playing?” She turned away from the display and went on giggling with her friends.
January 21, 2010
Pumphouse and Italian Garden
My flat-mate and I strolled through some portions of Hyde Park today. I was a romantic site with the sun setting as we walked south west. We started at the Marble Arch corner, made our way to the Italian fountains. Despite being winter, through out the park were winter gardens and giant trees that rival those of Central Park. We walked beside the boomerang-shaped pond observing the waterfowl until we found the Peter Pan Statue. We saw the Queen’s temple, which looked quite lonely in the middle of the lawn. On our walk towards the Serpentine Gallery we smiled at all the cute dogs running beside their owners. The gallery displayed many 21st century artifacts including wind turbines, economy airline seats, armor, and information about some displays on an Amazon Kindle. from the gallery, we walked further south west to the Albert Memorial, which was one of the most unbelievable memorials I have ever seen. It was abundant with gold, marble statues, and it towered high above topped off with a cross. We made our way north as the sun was setting.
Of course there is even much more to see in Hyde Park and we will certainly be back through out our stay.