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Collector’s Spotlight: Airline Spoons

January 17, 2014

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I’m really pleased to introduce the first ‘Collector’s Spotlight‘ feature this year. After badges, bones and action figures, today we have a fascinating collection of airline spoons! Many thanks to Dieter for the interview. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Dieter and I am from Austria and working in tourism. Since when have you been collecting and what do you collect? Since around 15 years I am collecting spoons with the name or logo from an airline on them. These spoons are used […]

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Museum Craft Corner: Gingerbread House

December 2, 2013

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With the first Advent Sunday kicking off the pre-Christmas season this past weekend, and everyone in a creative festive mood, what better time for a new edition of Museum Craft Corner. This time, the inspiration comes from one of my favourite museums, the fantastic National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Next weekend they are hosting a ‘Home Sweet Home Gingerbread Workshop’, where families can make their “own edible house using gingerbread”. The workshops are fully booked, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make one yourself […]

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Collector’s Spotlight: Action Figures

November 8, 2013

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After a bit of a summer break, I’m delighted to continue the Collector’s Spotlight series, where I interview people about their interesting, unusual or unique collections. After Russell and his ‘brooch of the day’ collection and Jake’s amazing bones, please meet Sebastian – known to many online as ‘MuseumsHeld’ – and his incredible collection of action figures! Tell us a bit about yourself. But of course! My name is Sebastian Hartmann, I’m 33 years old, and live and work in beautiful Hamburg in Germany, though […]

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Museum Craft Corner: Sightseeing Journal

July 26, 2013

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It’s been a while since the last Museum Craft Corner. That’s because although I have lots of ideas up my sleeve, life has been so busy recently that I’ve not found the time to do any crafting. But since we’re in the middle of holiday season, I wanted to share a quick craft idea with you that any museum lover should take with them on their travels – a hand made sightseeing journal! It’s really easy, all you need is a blank notebook, some pens, […]

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My Museum Cafe: Coconut & Raspberry Slices

July 19, 2013

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It’s time for another round of my museum cafe! Tray bakes are quite a popular choice for serving in cafes, and this juicy coconut and raspberry slices are full of the tastes of summer. These would be perfect for an afternoon picnic in a museum garden. Ingredients 300g gluten free flour (e.g. Dove’s Farm or Schär) 3 heaped teaspoons baking powder 150g butter 200g sugar 3 eggs, separated 2-3 tablespoons water 6 tablespoons raspberry jam (or other jam, if you prefer) 200g desiccated coconut Directions […]

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Museum Craft Corner: Mail Art

May 31, 2013

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In my last post I shared my love for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum with you. I really wish I lived closer (though I think that about many museums!)and could attend some of the great events and activities that they offer, but I just have to satisfy myself with watching from afar. One of my favourite events so far was their Mail Art Workshop, which inspired people to return to the art of letter writing, which is dying out a bit in this day’s digital […]

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