Category Archives: Museum

The Phantom Cup that Comes and Goes: The Story of the Holy Grail March 5th 1-2pm

 For over 400 years Gresham Professors have given free public lectures in the City of London. These lectures continue today and you can see the eclectic lineup on the Gresham College website.  I’ve included the historical background on the College below … Continue reading

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Treasures of the Royal Courts, Tudors, Stuarts and Russian Tsars – opens March 9th at the Victoria and Albert Museum

 From the Victoria & Albert Museum: “Experience the majesty of the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs in a major exhibition at the V&A. From royal portraits, costume and jewellery to … Continue reading

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John Major speaking on Music Halls at the Victoria and Albert Museum, February 26th

Former Prime Minister John Major recently published a book revealing his own unconventional family past and explores the richly colourful story of the British music hall. He will be speaking at the Victoria and Albert Museum about the world of … Continue reading

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British Museum – Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum March 28-Sept 29th

Pompei was the luxurious resort of wealthy Romans and is now most famous as a symbol of volcanic doom. The city was buried in an anstant when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.  As a child, one of my favourite … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens Museum Reopens after £3m Restoration

Read the Independent Article about the reopening of the Dickens Museum The time is propitious if you would like to do things that give you the feel for a true Victorian  Christmas.  For instance, Professor Michael Slater will do an … Continue reading

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Manet at the Royal Academy

I mentioned the Manet Portraying Life exhibit a while back,  just a reminder to book tickets on the Royal Academy website!

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The V&A’s new furniture gallery

THE V&A is opening its new permanent gallery which brings together more than five centuries of craftsmanship under one roof.  On display will be more than 200 significant pieces of British and European furniture dating from around 1500. Related articles … Continue reading

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Christmas Past – through January 6th

From the Geffrye: “Each year, authentic festive decorations transform the museum’s period rooms, giving visitors an evocative and captivating insight into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years. Step back through the centuries … Continue reading

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Lichtenstein: A Retrospective opens on February 21st

  Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern, opening in February,  is the first full-scale retrospective of this artist in over twenty years. The exhibit is co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, and brings together 125 of … Continue reading

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Manet at the Royal Academy of Arts opens January 2013

In January 2013, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major exhibition in the UK to showcase Edouard Manet’s portraiture. The exhibition will examine the relationship between Manet’s portrait painting and his scenes of modern life. ‘Manet: Portraying … Continue reading

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From Rover to Uggie: Dogs in the Movies at the Cinema Museum November 22nd

Dog Lover and film historian Keith Withall takes us on a trip through canine movie land, and along the way visits Rin Tin Tin, Asta, Lassie and other pooch stars. Woof! Tickets  

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Hollywood Costume Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert

Over a year ago i recommended getting tickets for the V&A’s Hollywood Costume Exhibit which i expected to be good.  This vast undertaking which spread over a large footprint in the museum far surpassed my expectations.   The costumes were sourced … Continue reading

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Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Opens October 19th

  Fall in London always includes a trip to the Natural History Museum to see this world-renowned annual exhibition which provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world. The 100 winning images that will be on … Continue reading

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Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea, November 9 – April 23 at National Maritime Museum

Over 100 of Adams’s finest photographs, carefully selected from public and private collections across the USA will arrive at the National Maritime Museum in November. From the NMM: “Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is arguably the most popular and the most influential … Continue reading

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Man Ray Portraits Feb 7-May 27 2013 at National Portrait Gallery

I am always surprised to be reminded that Man Ray, who i usually think of as a French modernist painter,  was actually  a boy named Emmanuel Radnitzky from Williamsburg, Brooklyn known mainly for his fashion photography. The National Portrait Gallery  … Continue reading

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Ever Wonder how Dale Chihuly’s V&A Rotunda chandelier is Cleaned?

   OK you probably haven’t but since my daughter has been taken with this giant piece of coloured glass since she laid eyes on it I thought i’d post what the Victoria & Albert Museum has written: “Chihuly’s enormous glass … Continue reading

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Valentino: Master of Couture, November 2012 – March 2013 at Somerset House

If you haven’t had enough of Ballgowns after seeing the V&A Exhibition, you can head over to Somerset House for a  major new show celebrating the life and work of Valentino.  It will showcase over 130 exquisite haute couture designs … Continue reading

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Hidden Spaces and History at Somerset House

Hidden Spaces and History… Somerset House offers hour long tours in which  you’ll discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, scientific curiosity and naval power, extravagant entertainments and ‘the King’s Shilling’, as they lead you from the airy lightwells … Continue reading

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Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War at the Imperial War Museum

6 September 2012 – 1 January 2013 According to the FT  “the great fashion photographer was also a masterly war artist, as this revelatory exhibition demonstrates” From the IWM website: “Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and … Continue reading

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British Museum – Shakespeare Staging the World July 19- November 25th

From the British Museum “The British Museum is staging a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  The exhibition provides a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city, … Continue reading

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