Katy Barrett is an art curator, cultural historian and museum blogger

The Primitive World (1857), Adolphe François Pannemaker. Courtesy of TASCHEN

Dinosaurs, dioramas, and the strange world of natural history

Paleoart and dioramas are designed to depict prehistory and the natural world – but what they really reveal are our own hopes and fears

7 Sep 2017

The golden age of propaganda

Calendars have often conveyed political messages, particularly in the reign of Louis XIV and during the French Revolution

1 Jun 2017
Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat in What Can Be Seen at the Millennium Gallery. Image © Museums Sheffield

‘This human act of paying attention’

Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat delved into the storerooms of Sheffield’s museums and discovered the joy of curating (also, a platypus)

22 Mar 2017
Rendering of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will be located in LA’s Exposition Park

What exactly is a museum of narrative art, George Lucas?

What will the Star Wars-creator’s new museum in LA add to what the city’s collecting institutions already offer?

13 Feb 2017
The Gilbert Collection is back on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Gilbert Collection is one of the most exquisite collections ever given to Britain

The Gilberts wanted these astonishing treasures to be shared and enjoyed. Now, the V&A has given them the showcase they deserve

6 Dec 2016

Utopian dreams: Imagining what utopia might mean today

A year-long collaborative project at Somerset House celebrates the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s famous work

3 Aug 2016

How Rainham Hall, a house with a history but no original contents, has come to life

At Rainham Hall, the National Trust has risen to the challenge of animating and interpreting an 18th-century sea captain’s house

23 Jun 2016
Flowers in a Glass Vase (1614), Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder.

Say it with flowers – and butterflies, ladybirds, cockroaches…

Two exhibitions in London celebrate the beautiful, subtle botanical paintings of 17th-century Holland

11 May 2016
Installation image of the Victoria and Albert Museum's Europe 1600 - 1815 Galleries. Photo: David Grandorge

Triumphant new European galleries open at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The museum’s take on ‘Europe 1600–1815’ is nuanced, witty and revelatory

14 Dec 2015