Books | The History of Bees

The best laid plans of mice and men… The end of dissertation time has turned into the beginning of September, but there is no time like the present to take on the challenge I set myself at the beginning of the year. Read 12 books in 12 months. I haven’t made a tally of the number of books I have read so far, but have a feeling I have physically read about 6 books and listened to 3 audio books – I’m slowly making my way through the Narnia series again.

This book was recommended to me by my housemate after she learned that my father keeps bees – in fact she thought it was so good that she gave me her copy of the book to ensure I read it… And what a read it was!! I cannot recommend it enough, a confidently blended narrative filled with stories that bring facts about bees to life in a thrilling and culturally sensitive way. It reads like a loveletter to bees, while also showing how we as people are intertwined with these magnificent creatures. Okay, I might be slightly biased here – being the daughter of a beekeeper and all…

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Recommendation | McQueen Unlocking Stories

On the 28th of January the Alexander McQueen brand opened an exciting experimental space in their new flagship store at 27, Old Bond Street in London. On the top floor they have created an open atelier like space that will host a programme of exhibitions, talks and events aimed at inspiring visitors, students in particular. The first installation is called Unlocking Stories, exploring the stories behind works from the Spring/Summer 2019 collection. On display are the processes, stories, teamwork and materials that has gone into the collection, along with some original pieces designed by Lee Alexander McQueen.

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Recommendation | Sharing the Love: Community Engagement in the 21st Century

Photograph of the World Gallery at the Horniman Museum and Garden in London. It holds over 3000 objects from around the world exploring the question of what it means to be human.

“21st century museums must look back to the best of the founding impulses of Victorian liberalism, acknowledge and be honest about their problematic colonial history, and re-avow the vital importance of appealing to all and engaging their communities. At a time of increasing intolerance, “fake news” and a coming generation which will be worse off than the current one in many ways, museums provide rare spaces where people from all backgrounds can come together to share what it means to be human and to try to work out how to shape a better future for the planet we all share.”

I recently came across an interesting article by the Chief Executive and Director of Horniman Museum and Garden Nick Merriman that I thought I would share. In recent years museums have become increasingly more aware of their engagement of their surrounding communities, and rightly so. The argument behind this interest is in part an acknowledgement of their responsibility towards the public that supply funding, but also an awareness that museums are a space for coming together and gaining perspective on life and issues we might be dealing with both privately and societally.

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