“THERE is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel,
between achievement in public life and progress in the Arts.
The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias.
The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo Da Vinci.
The age of Elizabeth was the age of Shakespeare.”

– John F. Kennedy, 1960


This blog was begun when I worked for a summer with the Historic American Buildings Survey in Washington D.C., and when I spent all of my working hours in museums and historic buildings, and all of my spare time either in museums or eating ice cream. I love museums, history and heritage, and I try to bang the drum for smaller museums off the beaten track. As the JFK quote above so neatly demonstrates, we are nothing without the Arts, in all their forms.

I now live in London, and decided to keep it going – think of Placebook like a TripAdvisor for the museum connoisseur. Except much more inconsistent, biased, and with dreadful pictures.


Here are some things you should know:

  • I work, study, and play in museums. I love them all, even the crap ones. You should visit them!
  • Views my own, etc. All posts are just my opinion – which is usually not to be trusted. Take nothing to heart and don’t trust my sense of direction.
  • I am a *dreadful* photographer. I do my best, but forgive my atrocious lack of skill.
  • I try my best not to write about any museums I am affiliated with. This has become increasingly difficult as my social circle is largely made up of fellow museum dorks, and I feel some attachment to many museums, but I do try. This is the reason I’ve never reviewed Tredegar House, Big Pit, or the Science Museum. All would get glowing reviews but would be totally biased. (Exception to this is the Geffrye Museum – I am now working on a collaborative PhD with them, but I wrote a post on it over a year before I even applied. Thank god it was a good review, eh?!)
  • I swear a lot and take nothing but locally-made cheeses seriously.
  • I can’t stand art galleries.
  • This blog is for fun. Its just a way to praise beautiful museums off the beaten track, and berate the ones with dilapidated displays. As I said before though, I love all museums, even the crap ones. It’s usually down to poor management, lack of funding, and administrative red tape if a museum is crap – please take that into account.


I also occasionally write for The Ministry of Curiosity. The Ministry is a fantastic resource for anyone who loves museums, especially in London. They have a constantly-updated calendar of events, and tweet/ post to facebook a daily schedule. They are currently based in London, but it’s a matter of time before they take over the world. Follow them @curiositytweet or find them on facebook.


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