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Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Baked Beans

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Witty and eccentric Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Baked Beans traces Hunter Davies' search for the strangest collections in the UK.

There are lots of books about museums -- the art gallery, the town or national museum we all know and love -- but the museum devoted to one specific subject tends to get overlooked, or gets listed in the local guidebook as an oddity. Hunte
Published by Random House Audio (first published 2010)
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Aug 07, 2015 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Granted, I don't want to visit all of the strange museums Mr Davies spent his time visiting, but as someone who shares his interest in odd and quirky places, I've added a good few to my bucket list. The very nature of the book means that not every entry is of interest, but as a collection of curios, this worked for me.
Stuart Hill
I thought that this was a great idea for a book, but the execution wasn't as succesful as it could have been. It started off with a tour of a fan museum which wasn't really particularly quirky making it an odd choice for the first chapter in the book. Some of the other chapters are great though; it's hard to imagine that anyone wouldn't enjoy spending time in the company of the likes of Captain Beany or light fingered radio enthusiasts.

On the whole it's a worthwhile read but could have done with
Hunter Davies is always an easy, engaging read. In this he visits some well known and some rather less well known specialist museums. Almost as interesting as the museums are the people who set these things up - Captain Beany of the baked bean museum.....
Jul 09, 2015 John rated it liked it
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An impulse purchase that didn't really pay off I'm afraid. I ended up skipping a few entries entirely as even the subjects in which I was interested seemed drawn out. Narrator did his best to maintain enthusiasm, but the author's journalistic emphasis on interviewing the museum founders made things seem dull. Print version might be of limited interest (easier skimming/skipping).

Really 2.5 stars for my experience, buy others might enjoy the variety of subjects more than I did.
Mar 31, 2016 Sooz888 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 06, 2012 Andrewl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book - eighteen chapters each devoted to one museum, covering everything from Fans to Baked Beans to Bagpipes. Hunter Davies writes not only about the museums themselves but includes as much time to the people who created them. Hunter Davies has a lovely writing style - always engaging and often amusingly digressing into anecdotes only tangentially related to the museums. Highly recommended!
Nov 30, 2014 angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a book about museums
Helen Magee
Apr 22, 2016 Helen Magee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given as a gift, but has made me want to visit some the museums mentioned
Nov 10, 2013 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davies travels the UK in search of the craziest museums dedicated to just one subject such as baked beans, bagpipes or lawnmowers. Eccentric is probably the kindest thing to be said about some of the creators and curators.
Sep 08, 2012 TwoDrinks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love museums. From a practical point of view, it was a good blimmin' job I had read The Lawnmower Museum chapter (in Southport if you're interested) before I went as the actual museum has limited information.
Dec 25, 2011 Barry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Whimsical ramble around some more or less oddball museums with more or less oddball creators. I enjoyed the look into "the mind of a collector" as well as the descriptions of said museums and creators.
Al Berg
Aug 10, 2013 Al Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really loving this book, which describes a bunch of small and quirky museums all over the UK. Lots of fun.
Jane Walker
Apr 08, 2012 Jane Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This could have been a pointless ramble but was both entertaining and informative.
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Thompson Edward Hunter Davies, formerly an editor for the Sunday Times of London, is the author of numerous books, including The Glory Game. He lives in London.
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