Haenyeo: Women of the Sea

The story of haenyeo, the female divers and their community in South Korea is told from two different perspectives, through life-size photographic portraits taken by Hyung S. Kim and SeaWomen, a video and sound installation by Mikhail Karikis.

Both parts of the exhibition celebrate the unique culture of haenyeo, who for centuries have harvested seafood from the ocean without any diving apparatus. The women dive for up to seven hours a day and range in age from 11 to over 60 years old.

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition

Every year we invite astrophotographers from around the world to send us their best images as part of the Royal Observatory’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. In 2016 we had an amazing response, receiving over 4500 entries from 80 countries. These pictures capture all manner of celestial spectacles: moons, stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and some of the great astronomical events of the last year. 

A very fashionable Pepys Show: 1660s Glam Frock

In today's guest blog we talk to the Fashion Museum Bath about preparing one particularly striking dress.

Hello, I’m Rosemary from the Fashion Museum Bath, and I’m at the National Maritime Museum for a couple of days helping to get ready for the Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution exhibition, which opens on 20 November 2015.

What does fashion have to do with all those pestilential plights, and what indeed to do with Pepys? Well, quite a lot really – the diarist was a wry observer of what went on in the 1660s, and what was worn (and by whom) did not escape his gaze.

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