After much procrastination, I finally made a trip back to London to see an exhibition on historical guidebooks. It was a bit rushed because I had to work in the AM, the exhibition was closing before my next day off (I mentioned procrastinating right?) but in my usual fashion I made it through the exhibitions I had planned to visit way faster than anticipated and I had a really long wait at St Pancras for my train back.
Paul Mellon Centre – “The Inspection of the Curious”: The Country-House Guidebook c. 1750-1990. -> The British country-house guidebook is a very specific genre of travel guide, with particular characteristics which have, arguably, remained relatively unchanged from beginnings in the mid-eighteenth century until the present day.
Wellcome Collection – Bedlam: the asylum and beyond -> Follow the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. Reimagine the institution, informed by the experiences of the patients, doctors, artists and reformers who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it.
Medicine Man -> Henry Wellcome was a man of many parts: entrepreneur, philanthropist, patron of science and pioneer of aerial photography. He also created one of the world’s great museums: a vast stockpile of evidence about our universal interest in health and the body.
British Library: Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun -> Performing pigs, magic tricks and pantomime! Roll up to celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times performed in a variety of venues from fairground tents to musical stages.
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line -> It includes exhibits ranging from the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood to secret spy maps, via the New York Subway. And, as technology advances further than we ever imagined possible, it questions what it really means to have your every move mapped.