I’d buy a replica of this penny for sure. (via British Museum - Penny defaced by suffragettes
This coin – a perfectly ordinary penny minted in 1903 – was part of this civil disobedience. Stamped with the suffragette slogan “votes for women”, it circulated as small change, and spread the message of the campaigners. At the time, defacing a coin was a serious criminal offence, and the perpetrators risked a prison sentence had they been caught. We don’t know when the slogan was stamped on this coin, but stamping it on small change rather than a silver coin meant that it was less likely to be taken out of circulation by the banks. The message could have circulated for many years, until the law giving women the same voting rights as men was passed in 1928.
That was clever, suffragettes! ♥
That was a good move! Should start writing on bills, now: permanent markers are so cheep nowadays… ;-)
Anonymous said: which medium was used in the Royal Paintings of Jodphur?
More than one. The paintings shown at the British Museum (2009) were as varying as miniatures and large artworks.
On this day in 1220 Frederick II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
Thanks to twitter.com/britishmuseum for this fact!
That was the time, when “Greeks” (i.e. Byzantines) and Jews, Saracens and Normans would more or less peacefully live in Sicily and Southern Italy, making the country a brilliant, cultured and (relatively) moderate place to live in. That’s the time my ancestors (a part of them, at least), came in to Italy from France…
After that, the petty communal interests of North Italian cities prevailed (with the interested help of the Pope’s temporal power) - and pushed civilization back for centuries.
4-6 October 2010, Manchester @ Central Convention Complex.
Advertised as “Europe’s largest museum event”, expecting over 1,500 museum professionals, this year’s Museums Association Conference & Exhibition comes at a moment of radically changing times…
“Keynotes and speakers include Neil MacGregor director of the British Museum, Ed Vaizey Minister for culture, Alex Poots director of the Manchester International Festival, Victoria Dickenson from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and incoming MA President Vanessa Trevelyan.”
Museums’ future could be the internet, allowing them to transform their relationship with public, and becoming more like multimedia organisations.
The Guardian published today the vision of museums’ future sketched out last night by Sir Nicholas Serota (director of Tate) and Neil MacGregor (director of British Museum), speaking at an event at the London School of Economics.