Something for the Weekend #5

March 4, 2016


For almost a week now, I’ve been working on a new blog post for you about the latest special exhibition at Berlin’s MACHmit! Museum for Children, but with nursery being closed due to staff training, and both kids at home, as well as visitors this week, it obviously wasn’t meant to get finished. So I’ve got another collection of fun and interesting links for you instead. I’ll be back with a ‘proper’ blog post soon – I promise! Here’s what has been catching my eye this week:

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Did anyone follow the Oscars last weekend? So happy to see Ennio Morricone finally win a much deserved award! ‘A Moment for Morricone’ is my favourite piece I played with the Edinburgh University Windband. Anyway, if you like the cinema, you may also like these ten important cinema and film museums around the world – I’ve been to the two in Germany and Italy, and they really are outstanding!

For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of ordering a copy of the UK kids’ magazine Anorak, after browsing a copy at a friend’s house a while back. It’s a high quality publication with different themes each issue, which usually features wonderful illustrations and offers a welcome alternative to those awful kids magazines that are filled with more commercial advertising than proper content and always seem to come with some cheap plastic crap taped to the front. Anorak is aimed at ages 6+ and with #MuseumBoy approaching his sixth birthday this year, it seemed like the right time to dive in. Then I got their newsletter today, saying their next issue’s theme will be museums!! Obviously, I didn’t hesitate for a moment, and ordered two copies. They are pre-order, for dispatch mid March. You can order yours right here >> Anorak Online Shop

Speaking of kids and museums, today we were reading a book set at the Guggenheim, called Speeding Down the Spiral (affiliate link), which I’m sure we will review for the ‘Kids in Museums Book Club‘ at some point. The Guggenheim is also the latest addition to Google’s expanding Cultural Institute project, so despite living very far away, we were able to wander the museum online afterwards and look at the spiral architecture we had just been reading about.

Love the idea for this app, which reveals what your exact location looked like in the past. Pivot was inspired by the desire to “ensure the next generation’s easy access to a history that would otherwise be hard to reach and impossible to imagine”.

This video is three years old, but I’ve been re-watching the Rembrandt Night Watch flashmob, which was organised to mark the Rijksmuseum’s reopening in 2013 after years of refurbishment. Because it’s brilliant! And it makes me smile.

If you want to lose a couple of hours of your life, or even just your weekend, check out the V&A’s new ‘Design a Wig‘ interactive. It allows you to create endless variations of elaborate 18th century wigs. And it’s seriously addictive – you have been warned!

That’s it for this week. Remember, you can also get regular updates and interesting links from me on Twitter and Facebook. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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