Tag Archive: children

Apr 21

Archiving from Below: Parenthood, Mortality and the Historian’s Dilemma

I hesitate at gurning maw of the industrial paper compacter, suffering an existential crisis. I’m at the council tip, clearing out my children’s school exercise books.  There’s too many of them and they are cluttering up the house. I’m at the other end of the historian’s telescope; I’m making decisions about archiving—or not.  And it’s …

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Oct 27

The way things go: science and art

I heard more spontaneous conversations today about science than I have ever heard in any exhibition anywhere. ‘Why are those rings rolling uphill?’ ‘Why is that water burning?’ ‘What will happen when the balloon fills?’ I was not at a science exhibition, but at the Turner Contemporary Gallery’s new show, Risk.  The piece I was …

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