Category Archives: History

Design Museum 2017 – **video

Hello, I visited the new Design Museum in London last month as it had moved from the South Bank near London Bridge to it’s new home in Kensington High Street on the site of the former Commonwealth Building.

I initially went on a hunt for images of the Technics 1200 turntable for a project that I’m working on, but when I saw that a new Ferrari exhibition was on I decided to take a look.
ferrari under the skin design museum london joanne seale

It is probably the best designed exhibition I’ve been to, second only to the amazing armour galleries of the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow

arms and armour gallery Kelvingrove museum Glasgow joanne seale

On arrival you walk into a cubical filled with red light, now I knew I was sensitive to colour and light but this was something else, I couldn’t breath and felt as if I was being attacked by the light, I started choking lol it was so funny.

Here is a video of my visit, I filmed it in my ‘Alien Eyes’ style of filming as i call it.. lol enjoy!


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Bronze leaping cat, Zhou Dynasty, China 400 bc painting

Hi all, I’m sharing some of my painted sketches from a few months ago starting with this one of a bronze leaping cat, I saw it at the British Museum and adored the design, style, aesthetic, the form and colour. It is simply adorable so I decided to sketch it too..
I love this cat..
bronze leaping cat, Zhou Dynasty, China 400 bc painting joanne seale

bronze leaping cat, Zhou Dynasty, China 400 bc painting joanne seale

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Scotland trip Vlog

Hello everyone, I made a youtube vlog about my recent trip to Scotland, I had a wonderful time there.. see more in my vlog here

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A recent video edit

I recently created this video edit to showcase a collection of 1960’s ‘Roving Reports’ filmed by ITN, it was part of a digitisation project that is currently underway at this well known news broadcaster’s archive department.

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Deep in the vaults

Hi, I’m back at work after a 2 week stay cation. This is where the magic happens.


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The Penguin Book of Ducks

A while ago I purchased some old natural history books on Ebay, including this stunning book of ducks.

book of ducks small

Whilst researching the illustrator of the book Peter Shepheard I discovered that he was an English architect who worked for the London County Council in the 1960’s.
My house is an ex LCC building which I like to think could have been designed by Peter Shepheard, however it is a lot older having been built in the 1930’s so unlikely, but a nice thought anyway… :)

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Crystal Palace Park

Hi all, today Cha-guy and I went for a long walk around Crystal Palace Park in South East London.
We passed some ruins of the old Crystal Palace erected on the site in 1854

ruis crystal palace park

This magnificent building was designed by Joseph Paxton and hosted the Great Exhibition of industry and technology. It was burnt to the ground in 1936, here is some archive footage of the incident

We discovered that the farm which had previously been shut for rebuilding was now opened to the public. Inside we found a hen chicken standing motionless and staring into the eyes of a group of miniature cockerels…
chicken love crystal palace park

Some Axolotls,
axolotl crystal palace park
I recently bought the Book of Barely Imagined Beings after seeing a talk by the author Caspar Henderson at the Horniman Museum,
book of barely imagined beings caspar henderson
it features a huge section on Axolotls as well as a passaged from the book of ‘Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
‘…it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) trembling like crazy, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.”


We also discovered some Giant Mallard ducks which had been bred in Germany
giant mallard ducks crystal palace park

Hope you all had great weekends too..

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