Canaletto & The Art Of Venice, Queen’s Gallery

Adult Entry: £11
Nearest Tube: Victoria (District, Circle, and Victoria lines)

Photo 18-06-2017, 09 45 06

If asked to name some of the great British collections of antiquities and art, you would probably start with the well-known national museums. What you probably wouldn’t start with, or indeed mention at all, is the Royal Collection. That’s right, the Queen has quite a collection of art and antiquities- she even has her own gallery. In fact, the Royal Collection includes some surprisingly famous pieces, for example the Crouching Aphrodite (Lely’s Venus); a star piece at the British Museum. Continue reading


Tower of London: Resurgence/ Retribution/ The Reckoning


So my trilogy is done, the Tower of London has been reviewed. I’m currently spit-balling a name for the permanently-in-pre-production fourth installment. Please add your suggestions below.

There is plenty that I failed to include in these reviews, some quite glaring (White Tower anyone?). But in the end, it felt more important to focus on the subjects being raised by my visit, rather than a comprehensive review of the site.
Discussions need to be had to ensure that our cultural heritage sites do not become theme-park tourist attractions. Their role should be, first and foremost, for people to explore and enjoy their own cultural heritage. If we cannot afford to visit our own heritage sites, then what’s the point of having them?

Beyond that, interpretation methods are always interesting. Tours are growing and developing to meet the increasingly varied needs of visitors. Audio guides are now deservedly popular, and their human counterparts are doing great work to provide added value to visits. We live in a global society, and, as Tower Bridge will surely learn soon, printing text in 4 languages is no longer enough.

Finally, I want this roughly presented written tryptich to be an interactive experience. So please, let me know what you think.
What did you agree with? ..disagree with? Was I unfair? Woefully off-topic?
Let me know. As I still don’t have a job, I promise that I’ll have the time to read all your comments.