Latest Museology Stories

2010-04-21 09:07:00

RICHMOND, Va., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- If recycling, reusing and reducing waste is at the heart of sustainability and "green" environmental practices, then historic preservation is one of the greenest activities that individuals and communities can undertake. That is the take-away message of a new Web site, the "Virginia Preservation Toolkit" (http://www.tusculum.sbc.edu/toolkit/how-to-preserve.shtml), that was officially launched today during a week of events tied to the 40th...

2010-03-31 09:11:00

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Toura, a pioneer in multi-media mobile tour applications and creator of the Mobile App Producer, announced today that it has secured $1.5 million in seed funding from a group of angel investors. Toura will use the proceeds to continue advancing its technology platform and to fuel business development, operations and marketing efforts in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Introduced in 2009, the Toura Mobile App Producer is a...

2010-03-22 09:56:00

International photo exhibition of 77 works chronicles preservation efforts of endangered cultural heritage sites in developing countries. WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meridian International Center and California-based Global Heritage Fund announce the opening of an international photographic exhibition, Preservation by Design: Safeguarding the World's Cultural Heritage on Saturday, March 20, 2010. The 77 images, which have never been seen by the general public, contain...

2010-02-05 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the corrupting influence of faked antiquities. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has been hosting a short exhibition of Fakes and Forgeries. This was mounted with the co-operation of the Art and Antiques Unit of the Metropolitan Police. Among the objects on display was the "Amarna Princess" that was acquired by the Bolton Museum for 440,000 pounds sterling in 2003. It was sold with the "provenance" (or...

2010-02-02 07:17:52

Researchers excavating an ancient Roman cemetery made a surprising discovery when they extracted ancient mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from one of the skeletons buried at the site: the 2,000-year-old bones revealed a maternal East Asian ancestry. The results will be presented at the Roman Archeology Conference at Oxford, England, in March, and published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology. According to Tracy Prowse, assistant professor of Anthropology, and the lead author on the study, the...

2009-10-27 07:25:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- New Yorkers and visitors to the city will be the first to experience a new iPhone application that turns the device into a handheld GPS-based tour guide. CityShow NYC, a first-of-its-kind high-tech audio/visual guide to New York City, will provide historic facts, anecdotes, photos, music, and descriptions for hundreds of points-of-interest in Manhattan. The application uses GPS signals to locate the user and alert them to nearby points-of-interest. It...

2009-10-22 09:11:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- DOmedia (www.domedia.com), the most comprehensive database and tool set for alternative, traditional and digital out-of-home media, introduces two new tools for small to mid-sized media companies and asset owners; DOinventory and DOimprove. DOinventory enables small to mid-size media providers to manage their inventory of alternative, traditional and digital out-of-home media properties in one secure online platform. The tool helps media owners...

2009-10-21 13:06:31

Museums are increasingly seeking help from chemists in an effort to understand and preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of the treasures in their collections. That's the topic of the cover story in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. C&EN News Editor William Schultz points out that scientists have done research on art museum collections since at least the 1930s. Over the past 30 years, many museums have been adding scientists to their...

2009-10-21 12:12:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent research study reveals that 78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural and/or heritage activities while traveling, translating to 118.3 million adults each year. With cultural and heritage travelers spending an average of $994 per trip, they contribute more than $192 billion annually to the U.S. economy. "We discovered that an impressive number of U.S. travelers seek out cultural and heritage experiences," said Helen Marano,...

2009-10-12 07:20:00

LEAWOOD, Kan., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holidays on the horizon, the home inventory experts at KC Home Inventory are advising homeowners and even renters to take steps to protect themselves from the dangers of a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, holiday candles have doubled in popularity over the past 10 years, accounting for more than 15,000 home fires annually and a combined property loss of $540+ million. Christmas trees and electrical decorations are...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'