Radioactive perfume, ceramic poodles and kitsch piggy banks

By libby finney on 25 Feb 2014
The offending poodle

The offending poodle

After this week I will look at our museum collections in a whole new light. No longer will I casually observe an item on display, instead I will find myself assessing the risks involved in its entire material being. It may seem like I’m being overly dramatic, but our first hour on week three was spent looking at the hazards that can be found in museum collections: from asbestos to uranium and mercury to gunpowder. It was fascinating to discover that my chosen profession could be so fraught with danger and adventure! Read the full postRead the full post

Pot Idol: the winner!

By other museum staff on 18 Jul 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots, taking place on 21 and 22 July. Over the last couple of months we have presented 6 hopeful pots for your consideration and asked you to decide which you would like to win the coveted title of Pot Idol. The votes are in, and the winner of Pot Idol 2012, with 50% of the vote, is…Money Box! This 16th – 17th […]

A 'potted' history of samian ware

By other museum staff on 12 Jul 2012

Project Assistant, Verity Anthony, describes her work digitising the Museum of London’s collection of samian ware for Collections Online. The Museum of London has an extensive collection of Roman samian ware, approximately 25,000-30,000 pieces, either on display in the Roman London gallery or in our Ceramic and Glass Store. About 14,000 of these are decorated pieces, and it is this part of the collection which I’m currently working on; photographing the pieces, marking them with their correct accession number and photographing or scanning them, before updating the digital records for all the pieces. The scope of the collection is such […]

Pot Idol: the final

By other museum staff on 3 Jul 2012

Yes, it’s the moment we have all been waiting for…the final of Pot Idol 2012. The six finalists have one last chance to win your hearts and then it is over to you to pick your favourite ceramic star. The champion will not only win the coveted title of Pot Idol, they will also appear at the Museum’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hand-on pots, on 21 and 22 July. So here are the contenders one last time… Will you pick our first contestant, Imbrex, from Lime Street? Imbrex is a fragment of Roman roof tile. Not only would Imbrex […]

Pot Idol: contestant six

By other museum staff on 26 Jun 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots. Over the next six weeks we will be presenting 6 hopeful pots for your consideration – it’s down to you to decide which will win the coveted title of Pot Idol. Once all of the hopefuls have been given a chance to win your hearts, we will ask you to cast your vote and change the life of one lucky pot. […]

Introducing… Pot idol

By other museum staff on 22 May 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots. Over the next six weeks, we will be presenting six hopeful pots for your consideration – it’s down to you to decide which will win the coveted title of Pot Idol. Once all of the contestants have been given a chance to win your hearts, we will ask you to cast your vote and change the life of one lucky pot […]