Category Archives: History

Singapore Postcard: The Joy of the Typewriter

In my mind, it would be dark. And musty. The sounds outside muted as the door swung behind you. Once eyes adjusted to the dark, one would become aware of tables and shelves hosting irregular ranks of typewriters, not mustered … Continue reading

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The Age of Digital History

Cath and i were having a heated discussion this morning: one of our friends reported that out of 5,700 episodes of PlaySchool (a favourite childhood TV programme) only 1,900 are known to survive. Her comment was that nobody would ever … Continue reading

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Relics of greatness: agility and learning

I travelled to Bristol yesterday, an old port with a long and glorious history. Still bustling, the signs of past glory are everywhere to be seen: on the dockside, lurking iron mooring posts that could anchor a moon and the … Continue reading

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Inequality: can we afford to leave anyone behind?

The thing about travelling is that it broadens your perspective, it gives you views you never had when you stood still. Whilst travelling by train through Europe at the weekend, a friend commented that she’d never realised how restrictive her … Continue reading

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Learning from art: social learning in museums and the difference between virtual and real

Seeking inspiration yesterday, i ventured into the Stedilijk museum in Amsterdam. It promised to help me in two ways: a world class collection of modern art and unlimited free WiFi. The perfect destination. We appreciate art on two levels: the … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Collaboration, Community, Concepts, Creative, Environment, Experience, Exploration, Formal Spaces, History, Knowledge, Learning, Meaning, Museum Education, Narrative, Nuance, Social Learning, Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Developing ‘The Knowledge': rewiring the adaptable brain

I was bouncing around London yesterday, on one leg, by taxi, i got into a conversation about ‘The Knowledge‘. To be a cabbie in London, you have to acquire The Knowledge, a notoriously difficult task, typically taking three or four … Continue reading

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Storytelling in learning: the power of narration

I arrived at the hotel at five to nine, tired from a long drive. The welcoming lights loomed out of the darkness and i was more than ready for a hot meal and maybe a beer by the fire. England … Continue reading

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