Monday, June 11, 2012

Trivia Monday!

Well, I either had you stumped or, more likely, I just didn't give you enough time to answer last week's trivia question:- Samuel Pepys is famous as a 17th-century diarist, in particular for writing about what two major misfortunes in British history?

The answers were The Great Fire of London, and what is commonly called The Great Plague Outbreak. Though the diary was only kept from 1660-1669 it provides a fascinating and detailed account of life during those difficult times, and was only published in the 19th century. It makes one wonder what other valuable writing have yet to be discovered.

This week I ask:- This first aniline dye color was named in 1856 and is more esoterically known as "mallow".

Sunday, June 10, 2012

In Their Words- Marcus Aurelius on Living Well

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” - Marcus Aurelius

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Internship Opportunity

For any of you who may find this interesting, an internship opportunity was brought to my attention recently:-

Volunteer Intern
Museum Textile Services, Andover, MA
Museum Textile Services, a private textile conservation studio located in Andover, Massachusetts, is seeking applicants for two types of volunteer internships. Up to three Conservation Internships are available for beginner to intermediate applicants. They provide a sound introduction to art conservation philosophy, literature, and treatments and require excellent eyesight, sewing skills, and museum sensibilities. Current conservation projects include European tapestry, Asian art, and 19th-century costume. One collections management internship is also available for a volunteer seeking hands-on cataloguing and rehousing experience. This intern would be working primarily with the MTS study collection but would also assume collections management responsibilities for our active projects with opportunities for off-site visits. MTS internships require a minimum commitment of one day per week from 9:30 to 5:30 for a minimum of 120 hours. Internships are available beginning in June, 2012. Museum Textile Services is convenient to routes 495 and 93, and a 3-minute walk from the commuter rail line. To learn more about us please visit To apply, please send your resume and a brief email of introduction to Camille Myers Breeze at

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Last week's question was a visual clue, and I asked:- What famous artisan is honored by today's Google Doodle, seen above?

Banker Chick correctly identified Faberge as the artisan in question, and the eggs are indeed famous for being the traditional (and costly) gifts made for the Czar of Russia who traditionally gave them to members of his family. Anyone admitted to the pleasure of seeing them in person knows how truly stunning they are.

This week's question is:- Samuel Pepys is famous as a 17th-century diarist, in particular for writing about what two major misfortunes in British history?