About this Blog

Named after a Weimar-era play by Bertolt Brecht, In the Jungle of Cities is a home for the odds and ends of writing, ideas, photographs and other stuff that I create and collect. Most of what’s here relates in some way or another to urban history and urban culture, and especially that which is associated with European cities in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

If I don’t post here on a regular basis, it probably means that I’m preoccupied with my day job. I specialise in creating digital content for the heritage sector, with over five years’ experience working on library and museum digitisation projects, and fifteen years in total working in digital media. I carry out historical  research, source images, catalogue, write, edit, and manage digital content. At the moment I’m working at the British Library, producing content for the Qatar Digital Library. Prior to that I worked at Barker Langham, curating and developing content for the Msheireb museums in Doha, Qatar. I’ve also worked for the Royal Academy of Music, where I co-ordinated their digitisation programme, and was involved in their Henry Wood Digitisation Project.

I have a PhD in History of Art from the University of Glasgow, and an MA History of Art from Falmouth University.

Mark Hobbs, January 2016.