The political tensions building between the USA and Japan over imperial ambitions in the Pacific during the early C20th, impacted on a thriving international trade in Chinese and Japanese antique art. The Chang dynasty artefacts, and other material, now in the Smithsonian collections provide an opportunity to look into this
The Smithsonian has recently launched its wonderful 3D Digitization initiative, creating open access 3D resources for a selection of its vast collections. I couldn’t resist having a rummage and choosing a few objects to inspire stories on The Earth Museum! Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at
On my virtual travels this week, I have been pondering the value of geography in education. As an example, the national curriculum in England programme of study for Geography describes as its purpose ‘a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its
World Heritage Sites are flagship attractions in the tourism industries of many countries. Visitor numbers are massively impacted by the current pandemic, with many closed to the public temporarily and hit by the dramatic decrease in international and domestic travel. Covid-19 is costing both lives and livelihoods across the world.
Find a few minutes in your day to explore the world, where each destination on the map introduces a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transport yourself beyond the confines of your home to ‘visit’ people and places across the global community. Click the active link from each place name. My
Almost 2 months in to our trip around UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and I am constantly amazed at the fascinating insights into the world histories being discovered. From the delicate and ancient remains of marine animals at Chengjiang in China to the overgrown remains of majestic ancient temple cities in
Continuing our exploration of World Heritage Sites, visiting one new site everyday during this time of pandemic. Reminding ourselves of the beauty and diversity of the planet on which we all live, and the rich tapestry of communities that share this world. Discover the fiery nature of Mount Etna, the
In this last week we have travelled across the world, from Colombia in the South American continent to Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Afghanistan in Eurasia, and to the African countries of Madagascar, Angola and Ghana. Connecting with ancient cities and kingdoms, threatened landscapes and biodiversity, and with the resilient communities who