Category Archives: Museums

Tales from the trenches – Philomena the digging doll

Recently, I was reading The Archaeology of Time Travel. And I was reflecting on the idea that people who visit historic sites experience them in a more ‘real’ way when they’re presented as living history or re-enactments or historical role play. … Continue reading

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Sailboat prayer tokens and Arthur graves at the Ennis Friary

The Ennis Friary in Co. Clare, Ireland was founded for the Franciscans around 1284 by the O’Brien family. It’s had an interesting history, remaining active under O’Brien protection until at least 1570. Later it came under the auspices of the Church … Continue reading

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Archaeological curiosities in Finland

In Finland recently for a few days, I spent a very happy morning in Aboa Vetus in Turku, Finland’s only archaeological museum. From what I can gather (I have barely a word of Finnish), the museum was a bit of … Continue reading

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Not every city has a sewerage museum

But Manchester does. It’s one of very few in the world, surprisingly. And it’s part of the Museum of Science and Industry, MOSI. Did you know, for example, that until the nineteenth century, sewer lines were made from tree trunks? … Continue reading

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