I've still been puzzling over exactly over a definition of a museum and am rather coming to the conclusion that so many museums try to be all things to all men (and women) that they forget one rather important thing - the objects.  However, I have to say that my visit the V&A reassured me that there are still places you can go where you can look at things. And again (however) I still don't that that great museum as an educational or an aesthetic environment. I don't want to use that word 'institution' because that's  a word with far too loaded a meaning.

On another note (literally) my arrangement of Grieg's Holberg Suite for flute choir is nearly finished and should be online soon.

Just back from my first '#mymuseumvisit' and everything worked really well. I took quite a number of pictures of objects I liked and found interesting and tweeted them all! The Science Museum even sent me a tweet to say thank you.

What surprised me the most was that I saw objects that must have there since I was a child, but had either never seen before or had completely forgotten about. Perhaps the best example of this was the James Watt cast and mould of an urn.

It's going to be quite a problem getting data because the popularity of the objects seems to range from no interest at all to completely surrounded. I guess that's why the ship models are no longer on display. Farewell, Deep Sea Diver! Goodbye, Clocks! Nice to have known you, Combine Harvester!

I thought it would be an interesting exercise to visit the Science Museum in South Kensington, take my iPad and do some live tweeting of the objects I see. Not only will it give me a chance to look more closely at some of the objects I could use in my research, but it will also test out to see if anyone's followng what I do - or even interested! I suppose, really, it's just another excuse to have a fun day at a museum all in the name of planning for my research.

If you do want to follow my journey on Thursday morning, then I'll be using the hashtag 'mymusuemvisit' (all one word as in the blog title).
Science Museum, South Kensington