Winter Afternoons in the V & A, pre WWII

Denise Levertov

“…My shoes made no sound, I found
Everything for myself,
Everything in profusion…

Here was history
As I desired it: magical, specific,
Jumbled, unstinting,
A world for the mind to sift
In its hourglass—now, while I was twelve
Or forever.”

The poet, Denise Levertov, was a frequent visitor to the Victoria & Albert museum throughout her life, always discovering the tangible and sensual connection to history through that Museum’s objects of desire. (more…)

With this posting, we are beginning our Blog adventure here at Chora. We would like to use this space to explore issues and themes in cultural education, more specifically museums. For the past forty years of so, we have tried to inform and infuse our museum practice with theory; from psychoanalytic theoretical models of memory and mourning, to anthropological models of identity, ritual, and ideology. Response to this style of work has ranged from infuriating to intriguing. Wherever you might fall on that scale of interest, we hope to engage you in some lively professional ponderings and maybe some new ways of thinking about how we conduct and critique our work. (more…)