My Museum Journey Continues…

Stories from the Museum Floor

In celebration of International Museum Day, Fang from the Visitor Team invited readers to join her on a Museum Journey…  and here in part two she continues her story of inspiration across the globe.

My Museum Journey Continues …


Fang 4Modern Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. (Image from:

The Moderna Museet is a state museum for modern and contemporary art located on the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. Its former Director, Dr Lars Nittve, was the founding Director of the Tate Modern in London. In August 2015, he also gave an opening speech for the exhibition “The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from the 1970s to Now” in the Whitworth, Manchester.

Fang 5J.M.W. Turner, Sun Setting over a lake, ca 1840  © Tate, London 2011

One weekend, just before Christmas, I finally found time to visit the “

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Sri Lanka’s Tea Gardens, the Coast and Beetroot Curry

All these dishes look fantastic.

This is quite a long post so boil yourself some water and make yourself a cup of tea. Sitting comfortably……..then let’s begin.

No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without a stay in the tea gardens. The cooling climate, the rich green tea plantations and the slower pace of life is very appealing, especially after spending time in the hot dry lands of the cultural triangle. I loved the experience of staying in them when I visited Kerala so made sure they were included in our Sri Lanka itinerary. Many travellers head to Nuwara Eliya often referred by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’, a nod to the British summer time retreat in the 1800, but instead we opted to stay in a few valleys away, near to a small town called Hatton. There is a train station in Hatton and if I were to revist I would take…

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Journey to the White Continent

Paul Zizka Photography | mountain landscape and adventure photographer in Banff, Alberta | Banff photography


It always seemed so unattainable to me. But after two days at sea, and a year of anticipation, I was mesmerized when we first caught sight of a few rocks off Elephant Island through the thick fog – harbingers of our imminent arrival on the fabled White Continent. There is no wilder place on Earth, nowhere more remote, more inhospitable.

And as I found out over the six weeks following that moment in early January 2017, you’d be hard-pressed as a photographer to find another location on the planet that is more overwhelming. The photo opportunities just kept on coming, and I’ll never forget the sense of remoteness, the way life thrived on a whole other level, and the scale of the land down there. I’m thankful for One Ocean Expeditions for bringing me on board.

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Spring in the Museum Shop

Stories from the Museum Floor

Today’s post is by Louise Antoinette Watson. Louise works with both the Visitor Team and in The Museum Shop. She is always looking for connections with the objects and the Museum’s sustainability goals.

Spring in the Museum Shop

Spring is in the air and we’re excited here at the museum shop!  It certainly feels like spring has finally arrived – the sun has been seen in Manchester, there’s birdsong in the trees, and lots of vibrant colours with swathes of yellow daffodils and cherry blossom in full bloom and many green, sustainable and eco-friendly products in our shop.

“The buying team are becoming increasingly conscious of the provenance of the products they select for the shops product offer. Where possible the products are sourced within the UK and if they are from further afield, the buying team ensure they have a sound knowledge of the ethical and environmental practices of the brands they are…

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Modernist cod with spring veg

Eater's manifesto

The greater goal of this blog is not only to document and share some of the wonderful dining experiences we are blessed to be able to enjoy, but also to take a little of the mystery of ‘eating-out’ food away. I want to show that, with a little application, pretty much anyone can make restaurant quality food at home.

Well of course just like everything in life, some dishes are more complex than others, and some require specialist equipment to make. I post both : Dishes that are very accessible and easily replicable with some standard pots and pans, and some that will benefit from a few gadgets. This is one of the latter – its a pretty straightforward looking dish but one actually full of modernist techniques (sous vide, super-fine purees, an espuma, a savoury tuile). If you don’t have any of that stuff in the kitchen, dont despair, you…

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Durrow shawl

Designs by Lucy Hague


It’s been a while in the making, but I’m pleased to announce the third design in the Illuminated Knits collection is finally here – the Durrow shawl!

This design took several months to conceptualise and bring into reality. I think it might be fair to say that it’s the most complex design I’ve ever created – both in terms of the cable pattern itself, and the knitting required to achieve it. I’m very happy with the end result though, and glad that I persevered even when it was completely refusing to make sense!

In keeping with the other designs in the Illuminated Knits collection, Durrow uses a technique of cables mixed with slip stitches to create a contrast colour design – I love this technique, because it gives you the chance to play around with different colours without actually having to use stranded knitting or intarsia. The colour-work is as…

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