The Terracotta Warriors – Artefacts in Context?

The Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in Xi'an China, known popularly for its Terracotta Warriors, is an archaeological marvel. But what does the site actually consist of, how has the museum managed to display a set of artefacts on such a colossal, breath-taking scale. In a new series on MuseumCraft, we take a look at Qinshihuang's … Continue reading The Terracotta Warriors – Artefacts in Context?

The British Museum’s Online Collection

There's a lot in the British Museum that shouldn't be there, 'borrowed' during England's colonial past. One classic example is the Complaints Tablet of Ea-nasir, a wonderful piece of archaeological evidence now removed far from its original context. I've written before (here) about how the use of replicas might help us address some of the … Continue reading The British Museum’s Online Collection

The Viking World – Artefact Database

The Swedish History Museum in Stockholm hosts the world's largest collection of Viking artefacts, which tell an impressive story of life, religion, and death in Viking-era Scandinavia. This has recently been digitized into an impressive free online collection that can be browsed on their website here. Each item is provided with an impressive amount of … Continue reading The Viking World – Artefact Database

The Ashmolean Cast Gallery – do ‘fakes’ matter?

All the way at the back of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum lies the Cast Gallery. It houses an impressive collection of 'Classical' sculpture works, collected from 1884 onwards. There are few places, especially in the UK, where you can experience such a density of statues in so small a space, and it's a great experience for … Continue reading The Ashmolean Cast Gallery – do ‘fakes’ matter?