All about museums, including medical museums and curios.

New First World War Galleries IWM London

The new First World War Galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London open 19th July 2014, with the reopening of Imperial War Museum itself. We interviewed James Taylor, the lead curator, about bringing this ambitious project to life as we walked around…

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Jeremy Bentham’s Head and Auto-Icon, UCL, London

A flash of lightning as they cut the body of Jeremy Bentham, his head stolen and replaced… why not visit the Utilitarianism-toting philosopher preserved in his case at UCL? It’s free. Travel Darkly spoke to curator Nick Booth about the man behind the, erm, man…

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Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely, England

Oliver Cromwell’s family lived at what is now Oliver Cromwell’s House before and during the English Civil War. As well as having excellent displays relating to the history of the period, it is supposedly haunted. Travel Darkly went to investigate…

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The Grant Museum of Zoology, University Street, London

University College London’s Grant Museum is near the main university building (where Jeremy Bentham’s Auto Icon is displayed). The museum has jars of lizards, snakes and moles as well as a cloned domestic cat. Travel Darkly took a look inside…

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M Shed, Bristol, England

Boy meets girl, falls in love. Sadly the girl doesn’t love the boy back. Boy finds out girl has a new boyfriend and throws a large stone at girl’s head. Ends up hanged at Bristol’s New Gaol. After his death, the whole affair is documented in a rather grisly book which can be visited at Bristol’s M Shed…

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