Museums are a storehouse of magic and the museum workers hold the wands. This International Museum Workers Day let us give our thanks to these magicians who help us preserve our culture
On one rainy night I plopped on the couch to watch what felt like the hundredth rerun of the 2005 version of the movie Pride & Prejudice. Voicing out the lines and stuffing my mouth with chips, I was lost in thought. When Elizabeth Bennet arrives at the grand estate of Pemberley in Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle, she is taken in by the beauty. She chides herself at denying an estate so grand by refusing to marry Mr. Darcy. In that moment I couldn’t help but wonder, how are random people allowed to visit households as if they are museums?
When Jane Austen wrote the novel, it was perfectly normal to visit stranger’s estates to admire their houses and collections. If you find an unknown person in your house today, it would probably be a burglar!
The concept of museums first took shape in houses as personal collections. They weren’t old objects but simply hunted stuffed animals put on a pedestal. These natural history collections were well documented by their owners. These exhibitions were open for all the upper and middle classes to see. When family heirlooms and collectables became a part of personal collections for generations, these collectables became old artefacts to treasure. Read more about Int’l Museum Workers Day …
Millions of tourists visit this city every year yet some things remain hidden
When I say London, these are the pictures that come before most eyes. The ‘Big Ben’ and London’s black cab.
The ‘Big Ben’ as it is so famously called is not the accurate name of the tower. The tower is christened Elizabeth Tower and the bell that chimes inside the tower is called the Big Ben. Now, the Elizabeth Tower is a part of the Houses of Westminster. The House of Westminster is where the parliament of the UK meet and conduct sessions. The House of Lords and House of Commons meets here.
Just opposite the Houses of Westminster is the Portcullis Building that has the offices of the minsters since the old parliament has little space to fit all MPs.
Now for the head turner trivia.
Did you know that the Portcullis building sits on an underground train station called Westminster? If you get out of the station and turn around, the building will be right over your head!
To make Mumbai, we have wiped out the old Bombay leaving behind only the names
Hello Mumbaikar, how long have you been staying in Mumbai? If you are a former habitant of this city, or wether you just left it behind, few names like Churchgate, Marine Lines, Jacob Circle, Elphinstone Circle are always at the tip of your tongue.
You definitely must have visited these places several times. Yet have you any clue about what these names mean? Read more about Mumbai …