Cultural Wednesday Wishes

Welcome to half term Wednesday Wishes!  My Facebook memories are awash with visits to Norfolk, Aberystwth, London, Sussex and Surrey.  This year we are not only in lockdown but the teens are revising for the exams that will determine their university offers next week.  So it is keyboard culture and daily walks for us.

Stane Street

Exhibition of the Week

The Museum of London has delved back into its archives to create an a film about the excellent exhibition Disease X which was on in November 2018 – March 2019 to coincide with the centenary of the Spanish Flu.  The show looked at how London had coped with previous pandemics and pondered the possibility a future one.  How little we all knew at the time that it would be a little over two years away.  At the time the exhibition was interesting now it seems visionary, go and take a look.

Robot of the Week 

Have you been to Hastings recently?  We went in autumn last year and were bowled over by how much it has changed.  For a start it has Hastings Contemporary housed in a specular new building.  If you’ve not been how about going on a robot tour?  You login and take control of the Art Droid to see the work on show just as you would if you were wandering round in real life.  You need to book the tours but they are free (although Hastings Contemporary would not turn away a donation if you felt able to make one) bookings are now being taken for June email [email protected] to make a booking.  In the mean time take a look at this video of Quentin Blake creating a new art work for an exhibition due to open at Easter that will now open later.

Concerts of the Week

Or rather concerts of the week.  Ordinarily Radio 3 broadcasts a live lunchtime concert every week day.  Ordinarily in addition to real life performers there is also a real life audience.  Since lockdown there have been no new concerts.  One June 1 they start again.  Every lunchtime a socially distanced musicians will perform in the Wigmore Hall and be broadcast live on Radio 3 between 1 and 2pm, with the only audience at home none in concert hall.  I love these concerts both to listen to at home and in the past to attend live. If you miss them then you can catch them on the BBC Sounds app.

Museum Late of the Week

Ordinarily (how many times can I use that word?) many museums host “Lates” where the museum Is open after usual opening times, there are special events and sometimes even a bar.  I even had a post all ready to publish just as lockdown began, but rushed out Couch Culture instead!  Tate Modern are going to host their first Uniqlo Late Night In on Friday 29 May.   Fix your cultural cocktail and head on over to the Tate Modern website for an evening of artists talks, workshops, film, music and meditation.  There will even be live DJs.

Book of the Week

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is that rare thing a book that was awarded full marks by every one of my book group, that means that we have champagne at the next meeting.  Crawdads tells the tale of young woman growing up alone in the coastal marshes of Carolina, in these times we can all relate to reality of not seeing or hugging another human soul for days on end.  It had me turning the pages to find out what happens next and kindled a desire to visit the Carolina coast when the new normal sets in.

Last week I had a copy of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett to giveaway the lucky winner was Deborah Gentry, well done Deborah the book will be winging its way to you soon.

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If you have a pile of unread books, why not make the most of the time at home to join me in my To Be Read Challenge.

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Where will you virtually wander this week?



  1. April 1, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    Kettle’s Yard is my fav museum of all time. x

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Love it too, haven’t been since its revamp that was scheduled for Easter but will have to wait

  2. April 1, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    Ooh, weekly suggestions! Every cloud… and love that the V&A are (virtually) spoiling their members still

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      It was a lovely surprise on Monday

  3. April 15, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    You’re too kind, thanks Catherine. And as always, you manage to highlight new and exciting things to see which I didn’t know about. I’ve never managed to make it to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, so thanks for the Opera North tip.

    • Catherine
      April 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      Hopefully the seats should be comfier

  4. May 20, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Giverny is a dream! It was the inspiration for many a decorated room.

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:14 am

      I really do need to visit

  5. Jane Ayres
    May 20, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Great blog as always. So much good info.
    We visited Monet’s beautiful home. The gardens are stunning and the house had a wonderful feeling of peace…at least it did before the guide blue his whistle at us when Ed,aged 12, touched a sofa😩😩

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      I can see that an officious whistle would destroy the peace

  6. May 20, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    So many of the things I love in this post. The Garden museum is such London Gem, the Dutch House is a fabulous read, and who doesn’t love Kew. We should have been going to Giverny in June. I’ve wanted to go for so long, this is one of the cancellations I’m saddest about

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:25 pm

      Hopefully next year xx

  7. May 23, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    I went to the Chelsea Flower Show when I lived in London and had such a great time! It’s a gorgeous show, and I’m in awe of your dad visiting or judging every year bar two.

    • Catherine
      May 23, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      He was a Plantsman to his fingertips

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