Back whenever-it-was, February I think, I started this blog with great enthusiasm and then – with equal enthusiasm – flaked out. I am a consummate overthinker and I definitely overthought this project, in loads of ways, until I felt utterly defeated.
My biggest worry was – and still is – whether there were certain objects it would be inappropriate for me to write stories about. The British Museum’s collection reflects human creativity over huge tracts of time and space, and is open to ‘all studious and curious persons’, which is an excellent thing. It is wonderful that these artefacts are accessible to all, and extra wonderful that they are displayed in a global context – but having access to something doesn’t mean it belongs to us. Continue reading