During October half-term 2011 we built a pirate ship from scratch. Families visiting the Museum of London Docklands worked with artist Sophie Buxton to make the hull, rigging, masts and sails. We made the ship in sections and joined these together. We added people, livestock, treasure and all the other things you would find on board. Here is the pirate ship finished – many thanks to all those who helped to build this wonderful vessel! If you would like to join us from festive fun in December you will find event details on our website here.
All summer long this performance has been packing them in. Our new free interactive gallery drama is especially popular with our youngest visitors. With half term approaching we are heading for the last two performances for a while, as our pirate will be taking a well deserved winter rest. Come on down and catch him while you can. Also on offer are stories, scientific investigations of maps, making hats, treasure and building a ship from scratch. Our website has a list of all the free half term activities for families here and don’t forget that our special exhibition Pirates: The Captain Kidd […]
Hello everyone! My name is Giusy and I’m a host at the Museum of London, London Wall. Many of you may know me and the other hosts personally but if you come to the Museum for the first time you certainly cannot miss us. We are those friendly and caring people in bright pink shirts who run up and down doing tours, workshops, and assist visitors throughout their stay. It is the first time that I have written a blog ever and I am very excited at the idea of telling you about us on an open and informal platform. There’s no better means […]
Way back at the beginning of this project to make a montage of Pirates on Film for Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story, I planned to divide it into four themes around which to structure the AV. Well: the best laid plans of mice and curators, etcetera…. Once we had all our material, it didn’t take more than the first test screening based around these themes to show they would have to go out the window. It just didn’t zip. Or zing. It wasn’t fun, and if you can’t achieve that with pirate films then something has gone wrong. It was […]
Part of the interesting thing in working on an exhibition like Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story is that it takes you into whole new areas of working life. While I love cinema and films, I’ve never been involved in using film clips or the whole complicated rights and permissions side of it. When I finally decided on my list of films that I felt best encapsulated screen pirates I turned to our fantastic AV production team: Simon, Caroline and Mark. We sat down with the list then started to work out what we could actually get. This was Caroline’s job […]
As I began to research further into the vast history of pirate films for the AV in Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story, four themes started to emerge: Captain Kidd, pirates from literary sources, women pirates, and charting the legends of pirates on film. I started to dig for buried screen treasure to fulfil these (a side effect of this whole exhibition has been awful puns in meetings and a tendency for staff to start arrrrrnswering the phone in piratical ways). It’s always nice to canvass people about what first comes to mind when you say ‘pirate film’. A friend of […]
My name is Hilary Davidson, and I’m one of the curators of the exhibition Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story opening at the Museum of London Docklands on 20 may. Usually, I am a curator of fashion and decorative arts. For the last year though, my working life has taken on a nautical air. As the exhibition draws near I’m going to share behind the scenes and blog about one aspect of all the work that goes into producing a major exhibition at our museums. You know a project is going to be fun when you get to keep a picture of […]
As mentioned in our last “Your 2012 ” update one of the challenges facing the Olympic organisers has been dealing with the invasive pond weed common to the waterways around the Olympic site. This photo, taken last autumn near the Olympics stadium, shows you just how bad the problem had become in many parts of the canals interlocking the site. When we visited the same site last week a massive transformation had taken place… A big clearing operation has taken place and we could not see a single sign of any pond weed. Such a task must have been very […]