Diary of an Exhibition Part 2: new friends

Imagining India: Greeks, Romans and the End of the Earth opened at the Museum of Classical Archaeology (MoCA) on 26 June. This is the second of three instalments of my diary of the six months leading up to the exhibition opening. Last time: the exhibition concept takes shape; Curator Susanne went on maternity leave; research began… Late February 2017: new… Read full article

A fresh perspective on familiar systems: the Axiell Collections Management Conference 2017

How do museums, libraries and archives keep track of the thousands of objects in their collections? Collections management systems, that’s how. In May, a daring duo from the Fitzwilliam Museum – Georgina Doji, Computer Associate, and Daryl Tappin, Documentation Assistant – travelled to Oxford for the Axiell Collections Management Conference. The conference provided the opportunity to discuss some of these… Read full article

Livestreaming Cambridge’s stinkiest plant

Titus is the Botanic Garden’s titan arum plant, sometimes known as the corpse flower. It flowers only once a decade, and the resulting smell has been described as ‘dead badger’; ‘cheesy death’; ‘residue from microwaved kipper’ and ‘the time the freezer died at the Museum of Zoology’. Naturally, Team UCM was there to stream last month’s flowering experience live from… Read full article