An email from out of the blue invites me to join Creative Spaces, a new site which is very web2.0, basically a mixture of facebook, digg, stumbleupon &c. &c. but focusing on the collections of nine museums and galleries. To be honest, it's not for me ... all my efforts are devoted to www.victorianlondon.org ... but if you like that sort of thing - or, rather, if you have the time to devote to it - it could become a nice meeting-space for the museum-inclined. I have, however, trawled its search engine for anything interesting and Victorian, and found the following:
- a rather nice 1840s dollhouse (V&A)
- a moustache spoon (V&A)
- a clockwork pig (V&A)
- a stereoscope (V&A)
- a bustle pad (V&A)
- a songsheet satirising the young Oscar Wilde (V&A)
Spot the connection? Yes, you can find a lot of interesting stuff at the V&A ... see http://collections.vam.ac.uk/!