Category: Museums

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Feeling the Cold War

When you think of the Cold War, you probably picture ballistic missiles stationed in Cuba, the legendary ‘red telephone’ linking Washington and Moscow, or possibly the Berlin Wall. However, even during the Cold War, these were metaphors for something much bigger and far removed from most people’s everyday lives and...

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War Memorial Tour in Cambridge

Join Cherish and Tiia on their journey, as they explore the many war memorials around the University of Cambridge. It was a cold, windy and rainy Saturday morning in Cambridge, as we set out on our mini war memorial tour. War memorials are scattered throughout the British landscape: communities built...

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Less is More: On Visiting the Erich Kästner Museum

One criticism of modern museums is that they are typically too large to navigate, and create a very real division between the visitor and the objects on display. As such, the museum creates a predefined path, leaving very little to the visitor’s initiative. The overabundance of historical interpretations intended to...

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The Myth of Galicia: “A Sweet Injection Into Your Mind”

For those of you who are wondering what Galicia is… Galicia no longer exists. As a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it disappeared from the map following the dissolution of the Danube Monarchy in 1918. But it has not been erased from contemporary collective memory and consciousness, nor from the...

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Turning Points: Germany’s National Day

3rd October: Germany’s National Day Twenty-fifteen  is a big year for anniversaries, and nowhere is this more true than in Germany. Besides the ongoing commemoration of the centenary of World War One, 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (May 1945). Perhaps even more...

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A visit to Dachau: managing the past in the present

A web of expectations I have just arrived in Bavaria where I will be spending the next 12 months at the University of Augsburg. It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon at the beginning of August. And, armed with one of the famous “Land tickets” that allow you to go wherever you...

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Reconstructing the history of mental illness at Museo Laboratorio della Mente

If you visit the Museo Laboratorio della Mente in Rome expecting a typical museum, you’ll be disappointed. The museum is housed in the northern part of the Italian capital, in a neighborhood called Monte Mario, in a former psychiatric hospital (Manicomio) called Santa Maria della Pietà. The whole complex is...

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Interactive history at Fiskars Museum, Finland

Fiskars Museum is located in the ironworks village of Fiskars, western Finland. The Fiskars company is known worldwide for their iconic orange-headed scissors; today, Fiskars encompasses brands such as Royal Copenhagen and Iittala. The Fiskars Museum brings forth the history of the company and its struggles in the nineteenth century,...

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Edible Nostalgia: QingTian 76 and Taiwanese History

The historical attraction Qing Tian 76 derives its name from the location, No.6, Lane 7, Qingtian Street. The wayōsecchu (和洋折衷)architectural style is a style characterised by its combination of Japanese and Western architectural elements, commonly found during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Today, wayōsecchu hardly seems new to us who live...

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Ming: A Powerful Dynasty on Display

Did you ever notice the special exhibition last year in the British Museum – ‘Ming, 50 years that changed China’? Do you know the Ming dynasty and its history? As the introduction of the exhibition stated, “the fifty years between 1400 and 1450 saw China’s Ming dynasty establish Beijing as...