New blogpost for the EAMENA project

The second part of my blogpost series on designing a pop-up exhibition has recently been posted to the EAMENA website. In it I write about selecting images and writing accessible text for successful engagement with non-specialist audiences. Incidentally, the Egypt exhibition is currently at the Biblotheca Alexandrina (until 27th Feb 2019). Photographs courtesy of the…

The EAMENA exhibition project – progress

The exhibition project that I’ve been working on since the beginning of July has reached an exciting phase – our first set of banners were printed this week and should, at the time of writing (Friday morning), be on their way to Egypt ready to go on show and, hopefully, inspire local people to engage…

More about EAMENA

I recently co-wrote a blogpost for the EAMENA website with my colleagues Drs Sayantani Neogi and Julia Nikolaus. The blog post introduces the exhibition project, it’s aims and objectives. To read it, click the link below … The Cultural Protection Fund Pop-up Exhibition: the excitement of beginning the task

New job!

Today I started a new job in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. For the next six months, I will be a Research Associate on the EAMENA project (‘Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa’) (see below), developing and designing pop-up exhibitions to travel seven different countries…

Back to Goddard: a pop-up exhibition at 31 Granby Street

The architect Joseph Goddard (1840-1900), designed many of Leicester’s Victorian landmarks, including the Clock Tower (incidentally celebrating it’s 150th anniversary this year), but arguably his masterpiece was the Gothic-revival Midland Bank (latterly HSBC and originally built on behalf of the Leicestershire Bank) on Granby Street; a Grade II* listed building constructed between 1872-74. The building…

Archaeology of Wadi Draa

A quick post about a project I was involved in around this time last year. I was asked by Prof David Mattingley and Dr Martin Sterry of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester, to help put together a series of exhibition panels about the archaeology of Wadi Draa in…

‘Japanese Saris: Dress, Globalisation and Multiple Migrants’

The paper that Malika Kraamer and myself recently published in Textile History is finally available online [requires institutional access]. Based on primary research undertaken for the Cultural Olympiad exhibition, ‘Suits and Saris’, the paper looks at: … the phenomenon of Japanese saris — fashion-forward synthetic saris manufactured in Japan — and Leicester sari shop owners’ role in…

M+ Sigg Collection at The Whitworth, Manchester, UK: A review, sort of

I recently had a rather ill-fated mini-trip to Manchester. Ill-fated because after three days of drizzle and public transport-related tribulations (and with apologies to Mancunians) I decided I really do not like Manchester. However, one of the (few – sorry!) highlights was the motivation for my visit in the first place, The Whitworth Gallery and, in particular the…

‘Suits and Saris’ and ‘Unravelled’: now open!

Last week was extraordinarily exciting and exhausting. On Monday I bought a flat (!!!) and led a tour of Leicester’s more weird and wonderful sites for the delegates of Museum Utopias. The weather was absolutely gorgeous (hard to believe now, as I sitting here watching the rain, sleet and snow outside my window). There are…

Stories of the World: Suits & Saris

I’m really excited to be so closely involved in curating the forthcoming exhibition ‘Suits & Saris’ at New Walk Museum. The exhibition will be part of the Cultural Olympiad to coincide with the London Olympics in 2012. At the moment we’re devising narratives and stories, undertaking primary research and starting to think about objects. It’s…