Category Archives: Travels

Sally Kindberg’s Pirate workshop at LICAF – Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016

Where can you see a Batman flag flying over a town hall, spot political cartoonist Martin Rowson up a ladder, witness a battle between comic strip heavyweights Tintin and Asterix, (Asterix won by one vote btw though there were rumours of vote-rigging) encounter … Continue reading

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Sally Kindberg at Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016

My visit to LICAF in Kendal was geared towards running workshops there in the Family Zone, but during my time there I spotted Martin Rowson up a ladder painting politicos in an alleyway, watched by Lib Dem leader and local MP Tim … Continue reading

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Caroline Herschel at the Herschel Museum in Bath

Last weekend whilst visiting the fascinating Herschel Museum in Bath I spotted these pages (below) from an old DC Wonder Woman comic book about the life of Caroline Herschel.  I knew something about Caroline and her brother William from illustrating The Comic Book History of … Continue reading

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Caroline and William Herschel’s garden at the Herschel Museum, Bath

There’s a little garden behind the Herschel Museum, where 18C astronomers Caroline and William Herschel observed skies unpolluted by modern street lighting etc.  It has an air of tranquillity, and is filled with plants thought to be popular in the 18C. 

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Edward Cowie’s Particle Partita at Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Fantastic concert last night at Wilton’s Music Hall, at another Peter Sheppard Skaerved event, not only an evening of Mozart but a world premiere of composer and artist Edward Cowie‘s Particle Partita, some of which I attempted to draw on the back … Continue reading

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Blaschka glass models at the Natural History Museum

At a recent visit behind the scenes at London’s Natural History Museum I was thrilled to meet senior curator and sponge expert Miranda Lowe, who led us into her domain past a dome filled with Venus Flower basket sponges. ‘This was a favourite of David … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes in 3 specimen preservation departments of the Natural History Museum, London

The Grant Museum‘s annual outing for 2016 was a visit behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum in some of its specimen preservation departments,  guided by six experts in their field.  We were divided up into groups of about ten, including Jack Ashby … Continue reading

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10 pages of interesting things – notebooks June and July 2016

June and July seem to have been a busy month for me, with travel, workshops, visits and investigations … and more to come as it’s still July …

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Weekend visit to Lyme Regis, Dorset weekend

It wasn’t surprising the floor of my room sloped and creaked – the house was partly constructed of ancient ships’ timbers, and one windy night it felt like my bedroom was straining at its moorings.  My room was scented by a vase … Continue reading

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Visit to Creswell Crags, Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire.

Last weekend visited Creswell Crags, ancient caves carved out of a limestone gorge.   Wonderful strapline for the visitor centre: Inspiring visitors for 50,ooo years.  There’s a drawing of a horse scratched onto a fragment of rib bone and evidence that mammoth, hyena, wolf, reindeer and … Continue reading

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