All posts by Shona Thomas

About Shona Thomas

I’ve worked as "Curatorial Assistant (Collections Access)" at Discovery Museum for several years now. I’m interested in the whole of history and everything in the universe and currently work across TWAM's collections doing my bit to raise the profile of our amazing stuff. By day I’m a mild-mannered museum worker and at night I play guitar in a rock band.

It’s Alive! Riding Turbinia, 1897

It’s a funny thing, working in a museum.  You get so used to the extraordinary things around you that they sometimes seem to fade into the background.  Then, suddenly, something happens to inspire you all over again.  I come to… Read more

Some Assembly Required

Every so often you come across a story so extraordinary that you can barely believe it really happened.  Such is the saga of the ss Baikal, which I stumbled upon whilst innocently cataloguing a box of old photographs… By 1895… Read more

Reinventing the Wheel

I was having a bit rummage and found this marvellous sepia photograph dated 1880:- At first sight, it appears to show a dastardly Victorian villain attempting to flee the scene of some dark deed aboard a horseless, minion-powered vehicle with feet… Read more

Arcs & Sparks: Discovery Museum’s Electrical History Store

In Discovery Museum’s basement, beneath the feet of our unsuspecting visitors, there are store rooms full of even more science and technology artefacts awaiting their time in the spotlight.  My colleague Toni previously blogged about some of her experiences working to sort… Read more

Sharing the Love…

One of the pleasures of working with an amazing museum collection is being able to share it with people, whether through our own exhibitions and behind-the-scenes store tours or by lending objects out to other museums, galleries and carefully selected… Read more