Category: Museums

Museums

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Fashion under Nazism

For the last few months, the textile museum in the Bavarian town of Augsburg has been showing an exhibition about fashion under Nazism, from 1933 to 1945. Entitled Glanz und Grauen (“Splendour and Terror”), it aims to explore the particularities of clothing design, production and use in the Third Reich....

Visitors at the gate of the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland 0

Dark Tourism: Concept and Limitations

Recently, there has been a surge in interest in the phenomenon of dark tourism. A large upcoming conference in Glasgow along with many recent publications on the subject provide ample evidence of this phenomenon. Those studying the subject would argue this is a response to the growth and development in...

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A New Way To Display Material Culture

While our way of arranging objects has changed over time, people’s fascination with things has always led to displays of material culture. During the Renaissance, wealthy men in Europe curated “cabinets of curiosities,” (also called Wunderkammer, or Cabinets of Wonder) usually full of findings from the natural world such as...

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Curious Objects, Hidden Histories

The Cambridge University Library (UL) strikes fear into the heart of many a student. Students stumble through the endless shelves desperately trying to figure out the indexing system –  and find the light switch. However, the UL need not be the source of such great anxiety. Holding close to 8...

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Historical Sightseeing in Today’s Warsaw

Warsaw, like Berlin, is one of those cities where you cannot ignore the recent past. Nearly razed to the ground during World War II, rebuilt in haste under Soviet rule and now buzzing with shops, cafés and restaurants, modern history is all around. But what do today’s tourists actually see...

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Slippery Historical Sources: Social Media, Holocaust Memory and Instagram

Instagram has approximately 13,400 photos under the hashtag “#holocaustmuseum”. This might seem arbitrary, but most of these images are the subject of my historical research. Professionally, I have labelled myself in several ways – as a public historian, a Holocaust scholar, and as a historian of social media. All of...

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Let’s Get Physical: Objects and History

Popular works of history have often employed material objects as a lens through which to analyse the past. By attaching significance to objects, artefacts and buildings, historians are able to elicit greater public engagement with the past. The history of people is inextricably bound up with the history of the...

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Bearing Witness to the Witness: On Visual Representations of War

Images, in J.T Mitchell’s words, both ‘stand for and act as symptoms of what they signify’. The often betrayed expectation that visual representations of war can change public perceptions illustrates this paradox. Images of conflict take no side but they are capitalized on (for legitimation purposes) by all parties involved....