@MarDixon Passionate about culture internationally. Run remixing events, workshops, create solutions, and an international speaker. Over sharer and Mom who loses arguments to a teen. Projects created: @CultureThemes @lovetheatreday @AskaCurator @MuseumSelfieDay @TeensInMuseums @52museums
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    December 2nd, 2017mardixonCulture, International, Literacy

    In the market for books for children this Christmas season?  I’ve a few recommendations.  I’ve also reached out (via Twitter) and received some recommendations so it’s a variety of solutions!

    Just a friendly reminder that museum memberships for children is also a wonderful gift to receive!  Most if not all museums and galleries internationally have some for of yearly plan which are usually really inexpensive and provide newsletters and updates throughout the year along with discounts when you do visit the museums!


    The British Museum – Mummy!
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Dig in and discover ancient Egypt!  Full of artefacts to spot and name, this friendly story uncovers all kinds of mummies – perfect ancient fun for little ones.

    Very colourful book with activities such as flap ups to look under and and ‘eye spy’ at to use throughout the book.

    The British Museum – 123
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Discover amazing objects and simple first words in this brilliant country book for curious little ones.

    Very colourful book with a QR code for when the little ones want more information on the objects used in the book.  There is also an index at the back of the book.

    The Sixty-Eight Rooms – Marianne Malone
    Publisher: [Recommended by Seema Rao]
    Age: Children
    Description: [Taken from author’s website]
    Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed deep within the Art Institute of Chicago, they are a collection of sixty-eight exquisite – almost eerily realistic miniature rooms. Each of the rooms is designed in the style of a different time and place, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say the rooms are magical.

    Imagine… what if, on a field trip, you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?

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    December 8th, 2011mardixonCulture

    The British Postal Museum and Archive that is set within the lovely Blists Hill in Ironbridge had the honor or a very special visit by the First Christmas Card for one day only.

    The greeting card dates back to 1843 and we’ve Sir Henry Cole to thank.  Name sound familiar?  He was first director of South Kensington Museum now known as Victoria and Albert Museum.  One of his first jobs however was at Rowland Hill where he introduced the Penny Post and is usually credited with the first postage stamp called the Penny Black.

    Sir Henry Cole commissioned illustrator and artist from the Royal Academy of Design John Callcott Horsely to design the card which was then colored in by William Mason.  The first print was for a 1000 copies by Master Jobbins in Holborn London, with this particular one being the only surviving example.

    Anna Flood with First Christmas Card

    The very delicate Christmas card shows a festive scene of a family cheering to the Christmas season. Apparently the scene itself was a bit controversial as even the children were provided a sip of the merry drink.

    Sir Henry Cole was very clever in his idea for the Christmas Card as to send the card, the Penny Post charged a shilling for each delivery.

    While the original is heading back to the archives, a replica will be on display until the end of December.

    To see an interview I conducted with Archivist Anna Flood, click here. (Thanks to Paul at Virtual Shropshire for filming.)

    Note: Hi Res to show detail

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