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D.O.A. (1950)

Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 17:57

A film noir — starring Edmond O'Brien and Pamela Britton — about a man who has been poisoned and, with only a few days left to live, sets out to find his killer.


Sketches in Bedlam (1823)

Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 17:59

A compendium of glimpses into the personalities and stories of more than 140 mental patients confined to the Bethlem Hospital in the early part of the 19th century.


The Cheese Mites or, Lilliputians in a London Restaurant (1901)

Thursday 11 February 2016 at 16:25

Wonderful example of early special effects, a man is dining in a restaurant when three small human-like creatures, two men and a woman, appear from his food and drink, much to the amusement of the man at the table.


Who Says Michelangelo Was Right? Conflicting Visions of the Past in Early Modern Prints

Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 18:15

When the lost classical sculpture Laocoön and His Sons — lauded as representing the very highest ideal of art — was dug up in 1506 with limbs missing, the authorities in Rome set about restoring it to how they imagined it once to look. Monique Webber explores how it was in reproductive prints that this vision was contested, offering a challenge to the mainstream interpretation of Antiquity.


Le Centre de l’Amour (ca. 1687)

Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 17:22

The centre of love: discovered through various emblems, gallant and facetious — a delightfully illustrated emblem book exploring all corners of seventeenth-century courtship.


London a Hundred Years Hence (1857)

Thursday 4 February 2016 at 14:30

A vision, from 1857, of what London would look like 100 years in the future — including the prediction of vast shopping malls and internet shopping.


The Friendship Book of Anne Wagner (1795-1834)

Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 17:22

Pages from a friendship book of Anne Wagner, aunt to the poet Felicia Dorothea Browne, who herself has a number of entries in the album, including wonderful mixed-media collages.


Sharing Photographs

Tuesday 2 February 2016 at 17:14

MUSEUM FÜR KUNST UND GEWERBE (MKG) - Antje Schmidt, Head of Digital Cataloguing and MKG Collection Online, and Esther Ruelfs, Head of MKG's Photography and New Media Department, on the functions of sharing images, both historically and in the present.


Thomas Edison Tells a Joke about a Liver (1906)

Thursday 28 January 2016 at 16:37

The great inventor Thomas Edison tells a joke about a healthy liver, recorded on his Edison Blue Amberol cylinder. I guess you had to have been there...


Robert Greene, the First Bohemian

Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 18:13

Known for his debauched lifestyle, his flirtations with criminality, and the sheer volume of his literary output, the Elizabethan writer Robert Greene was a fascinating figure. Ed Simon explores the literary merits and bohemian traits of the man who penned the earliest known, and far from flattering, reference to Shakespeare as a playwright.