Posts by Charly Hancock

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    © National Museum of the Royal Navy
    © National Museum of the Royal Navy

    Cartography, the study and practice of making maps, enable one to present and model a reality in order to communication, explain or navigate their way through the world. From cave paintings to 18th century globes, ancient maps of Greece to maps from the Age of Exploration, right up to the digital maps of the 21st century, people have used maps to present and communicate spatial information. Although printed and physical maps produce a tangible way of interacting with our world both past and present, the use of digital tools have helped change the way we see – and record – the physical world.

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    Tate Modern
    Tate Modern

    On the close of the first week back after the festive break, plan your year ahead with our top things to do in 2016...

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    © The Mary Rose Museum
    © The Mary Rose Museum

    The traditional museum display is constructed around objects, thus making material culture a key constituent of most museum interpretation narratives. The origin of this model can be traced in some part to private collections maintained by prominent individuals during the Renaissance. Many of the significant museums in the world opened during the 18th century, an era when the trend of collecting reached a climax. Private collections of art, objects, rare books and curiosities functioned as symbols of social prestige, and it was through the collection and consumption of objects that one acquired knowledge and superiority. With a concern for the continuity of collections, as well as a development in thinking which prioritised public education, many of these private collections were left to the state. 

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    The National Gallery, London
    The National Gallery, London

    The re-opening of York City Art Gallery after a two and a half year redevelopment should have been a celebration for the city, however the introduction of a £7.50 entry fee has sparked national discussion about whether free access to art is a right, or whether we should indeed be paying for our museums and galleries.

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    Sculpture by the Lakes's stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
    Sculpture by the Lakes's stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    Amongst the roses and dahlias, at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, there was an overwhelming presence of outdoor sculpture. One key trend was the use of recycled materials from Laura Antebi's galvanised steel wire sculptures and James Doran Webb's driftwood horses, to the weird and wonderful shell-encrusted animals by Polly Fields, which included a frightfully elaborate Tyrannosaurus Rex head.