London, 24th March 2020
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Let's talk about sex. We're told it sells - but who are we selling it to? The Museum of London launched their first ever LGBTQ gallery tours in November 2019. Looking back on the development process for the tours, Andrew wants to examine the politics of interpreting gender and sexuality in a museum context. How can it be done? When can it be done? And, of course, who are we doing it for?
If you're a museum that doesn't possess a collection to rival the British Museum, is it even worth calling yourself a museum? It's an unpopular opinion, and not one that we agree with. Just because a museum doesn't own an Egyptian Mummy or re-branded the Parthenon marbles, doesn't mean its collection is worthless. Egham Museum has embarked upon a one museum crusade, showcasing some of the more bizarre items that lurk within its collection in its new podcast, Egham Oddities. We want to make it our mission to unearth both the historic and local value in mundane items, which reflect daily life. While we poke fun at ourselves, we also take a serious look at why some objects hold such meaning and to who, as well as discussing some of the challenges small museums face. So if you like talking about museum objects and some of the more curious items that lurk within their collections, this is the slot for you.
Essex Girls are the new folk devils. Society uses the stereotype of the ditsy and promiscuous young woman with white stilettos, a fake tan and big hair to neutralise the perceived threat of motivated, ambitious women. The Snapping the Stiletto project saw 11 Essex museums and over 200 volunteers tackle the stereotype head-on and celebrate the lives of #StrongEssexWomen. These are just a few of their stories.
id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> A new coronavirus is spreading. Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. The novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in industries worldwide -- from tech and sports to entertainment and politics. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, a move that followed the effective closure of Italy. Many companies have shut factories and banned business-related travel; major cultural institutions like New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art have closed; political rallies have been canceled; and big tech industry events like the E3 gaming show, Facebook's F8, the Geneva Motor Show, Google I/O and Mobile World Congress have been called off. On March 11, the same day the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic, the NBA suspended the remainder of its season. Other cultural events like the Coachella Valley Music will hold local gatherings for developers and online events instead. Curtailed employee travel to China. Canceled a marketing summit scheduled for early March, which was expected to draw 4,000 people. Is giving the WHO free ads in order to provide health information. Expects delays in production of its Oculus VR headset. Banned ads that promise a coronavirus cure. Withdrew from the SXSW festival. Announced that a contractor in its Seattle offices has tested positive for coronavirus. Reportedly closed its Seattle office until March 9, with employees being encouraged to work from home at least until March 31. Will continue to pay hourly workers who can't do their jobs remotely. Now playing: Watch this: Pandemic: Here's what's changed about the coronavirus 5:54 Apple The company said on March 13 that its Worldwide Developers Conference will be online only this year. Apple closed its retail stores around the world, with the exception of China, until March 27. The iPhone maker had earlier closed its 17 stores in Italy as the country went on lockdown. The company's 42 China stores had previously closed though they have since reopened. Said it will miss its quarterly revenue guidance because of the effects of the coronavirus. Forced to seek alternative sources for parts after suppliers in Wuhan closed because of the outbreak in that city. Reportedly warned retail stores that replacements for badly damaged iPhones will be in short supply. CEO Tim Cook has given most of his company's global workforce permission to work from home. The company has also reportedly restricted travel to Italy, China and South Korea, and is deep cleaning offices and stores. Reportedly confirmed that an employee of its Cork, Ireland campus has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Reportedly pulled out of SXSW festival. Many Apple retailers in New York City had reportedly run out of iPhone 11 devices as of March 6. Google Temporarily closing all its offices in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Restricted business travel to China and Hong Kong. Told employees with immediate family members returning from China to work from home for at least 14 days. Kept European offices open even though an employee in Zurich had been diagnosed with coronavirus. Canceled its Google News Initiative Summit scheduled for late April in Sunnyvale, California. Changed annual its cloud conference, which drew 30,000 attendees last year, to a digital-only event. Will continue to pay hourly workers who can't do their jobs remotely. Canceled its annual I/O developer conference, which was set to take place May 12-14 in Mountain View, California. Google is restricting visitors to its offices in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, canceling all in-person job interviews and telling Korean and Japanese employees to work from home, Google confirmed March 9. Google announced on March 10 a COVID-19 fund to cover paid sick leave for all temporary staff and vendors globally who have potential coronavirus symptoms or can't come into work because they're quarantined. Google confirmed recommending March 10 that all North American employees work from home.