…A deadline is a beautiful thing…{Quote}

“I have a routine when I have deadlines. A deadline is a beautiful thing. It puts me into a framework. I do like ritual and repetition. … It’s always reassuring… It puts things in perspective right away.” Maira Kalman (Source)

I think is so true. I found this quote and found it made so much sense, even though deadline can be a nightmare.

Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction

What is Murder in the Library?

‘Murder in the Library will take you on a fascinating journey through the development of crime and detective fiction, from its origins in the early 19th century through to contemporary Nordic Noir, taking in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first appearance of Miss Marple and the fiendish plots of Dr Fu Manchu along the way.‘ – British Library

This small exhibition in the Folio Society Gallery shows the major features, motifs, trends and changes to the crime fiction genre. It explores the aspects of this genre of literature that makes it so gripping as well as marking key periods of popularity. Starting with the letter A and going through to Z each subjects is clearly explained and is accompanied by an appropriate artefact on display.

Thoughts…

I thought this was a nice mini-exhibition with a clear layout and display. There were some really interesting artefact and my favourite is the hand-written Sherlock Holmes story (The Adventure of the Reitred Colourman) by Conan Doyle. It did not take long to go through, maximum 40 minutes.

I have had exposure to this genre as I have read Sherlock Holmes and Poiriot stories as well as listened to (and watched) to a few shows but I am by no means an expert in the crime fiction genre, so I found this exhibition ideal in directing me to other future reads and giving me a brief history of crime fiction.

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London Film Museum

What is the London Film Museum?

‘The London Film Museum is the only film museum of its kind in Great Britain, supporting the Film Industry and the talent within it. We are self supporting, reinvesting back into the museum and within the community, creating a number of local area initiatives that also form an important part of the school curriculum.’ – London Film Museum

Opening in April 2012 the London Film Museum, Covent Garden, is located where the old Covent Gardern flower cellars used to be. It houses a huge collection ranging from props and filming devices (from as early as the early twentieth century), as well as films and photographs.

Sections are devoted to different aspects of filming in london such as the London working class, the royal family and the war. There is also a section, CAPTURING THE SHADOWS, which looks at how images were captured before film as we know it existed. It looks at shadow theatre, the optical lantern, photography, and kinetic animation – these all helped establish an aspect to cinematography as the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth.

Thoughts…

I walked past this museum a few times on my way to Covent Garden and thought nothing of it. However on Easter Monday I decided that it might be worth a visit – And it was.

The space which they have is amazing – I fell in love with it automatically. The vastness of the cellars are useful as the wall are used to show old films on and large displays of equipment and display cabinets fit in the room without consuming a large amount of space or looking as if there isn’t enough on display.

The subjects they presented are not heavy or covered at a superficial level so the information that is given is just the right amount. My favourite part was the literature section where they had the orignal props used by Jeremy Brett for his role as Sherlock Holmes for ITV Granada’s adoption of Sherlock Holmes.

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Sherlock Holmes Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a sweet little museum celebrating Sir Author Conan Doyle’s character.

I have wanted to go to The Sherlock Holmes Museum for a while now so it was an exciting visit for me. When I got there however I was a little underwhelmed and I did not take the museum very seriously as there were mannequins everywhere which made the museum look a little gimmicky at points. There was a lack of information that annoyed me and sometimes the exhibits were JUST objects in a room that I had no connection or interaction with. This was not helped by the fact that you were not allowed to touch anything except for the two chairs in the consulting room where you could pose for a picture. As Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character it would be very difficult to recreate a realistic environment however the museum did stumble at some points.

The museum, despite its flaws, did create a ‘Sherlockian’ environment with correct period details and there were some nice trinkets around the house that pointed to particular cases. There was also a lovely detail towards the end, it was a collection of letters written to Sherlock Holmes by various children.

Being a fan I do feel that it was worth a visit, though prehaps not worth a second; this is because there was something missing, something to complete the experience, I am not quite sure what it was but the lack of it disappointed me.