29: Spirit Dial

One of the most interesting things I've done as a museum curator is work on a script for a Victorian Halloween drama presented by the museum.  There are many interesting aspects to death and dying in the Victorian Age, and their interest in the afterlife.  In an interesting juxtaposition, the Victorians were advancing technology and [...]

Is Victorian Hairwork Akin to Kumihimo?

So, in one of those brilliant ah-ha moments, my day job as a museum curator collided with 52 Lasers. Have you ever heard of Victorian Hair Jewelry?  Made from braided, woven or otherwise intricately arranged stands of hair, it was popular in the 19th century as a way to remember loved ones.  It was made [...]