Visiting Holocaust Sites

On the 25th February 2015 I visited Auschwitz, Poland, with the Holocaust educational trust as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz programme (LFA). Whilst I was there I visited a pre-war Jewish Cemetry, Auschwitz I & Auschwitz II. On the week beginning 6th April I visited the Anne Frank House, the Old Jewish Quarter, theContinue reading “Visiting Holocaust Sites”

Why would an early modern individual collect and display natural and artistic objects in a cabinet of curiosities?

Introduction Traditionally, collecting was an exclusively male practice, occurring in their space reserved for scholarly activity.[1] Cabinets of curiosities were early modern private repositories for objects considered extraordinary, which ultimately set the foundations for the concept of the modern, institutionalised museum.[2] During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, natural objects were collected, studied, sold, and consumedContinue reading “Why would an early modern individual collect and display natural and artistic objects in a cabinet of curiosities?”