Author Archives: rachelcockett

About rachelcockett

Museums, art and heritage. Fundraiser and donor. Equal rights and equal representation. Doing what I can to level the playing field.

Fashion and the challenge of choices

Visited the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashioned from Nature. Dress by Jean Paul Gaultier Great exhibition which considered the impact of industrialised fashion on the environment, animals and humans. V&A Cotton label; cotton picking in Savannah, USA 1890; cotton bolls … Continue reading

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The Venice Biennale, a guide and a review

How does it work?  There are two main venues. 1. The Arsenale. A massive historic building. It has lots of artist’s works grouped by theme, plus a few pavilions. A pavilion is a space that represents a country, with art from … Continue reading

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I visit the Venice Biennale. I accidently become art.

I am at the Venice Biennale 2017. A man who is art walks past slowly. He is wearing a long white and navy apron. He jingles quietly like bells. I photograph him. Oh fuck. He turns. He comes right up to me … Continue reading

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How to buy a palace. And other thoughts on being a charity trustee.

I have just stepped down after almost six years as a Trustee for Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust. I have previously been a trustee for a range of heritage sector organisations including professional development, strategic, and heritage preservation bodies. I thought I’d … Continue reading

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I wrote to my MP to express my concerns about racism and the rise of the far-right

Some people in this country are living in fear. This is wrong. I am not sure what I can do. But. I can ask those in charge what they are doing. I wrote to my MP to express my concerns … Continue reading

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They stole my flag

The 1980s. When I was young the Union Flag was a symbol of the far-right. When I saw it I felt a bit wary. Who was flying it?  And why? And were they looking at me? The 1990s. The whole Cool … Continue reading

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Oh England

You gave me my birth Then you made me pay What is it worth Cast me away You’ve really done it now Dying in my arms You stand here with nothing But you’ve still got english charm Oh England, you’re … Continue reading

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