Book Review: Histories of the Unexpected

Based on their popular podcast, Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell’s ‘Histories of the Unexpected’ shows readers “how everything has a history.” Throwing out the window the usual format for a history book, nothing is chronological or arranged by subject, and there isn’t really an argument or conclusion. Yet the book certainly is a …

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Visiting the Migration Museum

Last month, I was lucky enough to visit The Migration Museum with my museum volunteers. Museum is something of a misnomer in this case. The Dictionary description of a museum is: “a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.” The Migration Museum started off without a building …

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Book Review: The Gospel of Loki

The Norse Gods have always been something of the red-headed step-child of mythology. While their Greek and Roman counterparts have seen retellings across too many mediums to mention, the All-Father and crew are often neglected or forgotten entirely. Right now, much of our pop culture understanding of Odin and Loki is down to their portrayal …

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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Christopher de Hamel’s Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is the culmination of a scholar's lifetime spent forming relationships with Medieval manuscripts. The author is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, as well as the Librarian of the Parker Library. He has forgotten more things about Medieval Manuscripts than most people ever learn. The author sets …

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