Today’s Favourite Object: A Planisphere

I go to a lot of museums, and thought I’d start an occasional column about unusual objects. This is a planisphere, a star chart-computing instrument that’s in the form of two adjustable disks which rotate on a shared pivot. It can be adjusted to display the visible stars for any time and date. It is […]

Will London Get A Black Museum?

There’s a rumour knocking around that London is finally to get a police museum that will be open to the public. The infamous ‘Black Museum’ of Scotland Yard began in 1877 (it’s now called the Crime Museum) and is in Victoria Street. It’s in two rooms; the first contains an extensive collection of weapons, all […]

What To Do In London While It’s Icy

This was the view from my lounge this morning, taken on my iPhone with the excellent free Gorillacam app. For the first time I can remember, the entire Battlebridge canal has frozen. Frost has covered the roof of St Paul’s, and the city looks calm and wintry. It’s a good time to visit museums or […]