London exhibitions - Archive Articles

Reviews of the many exhibitions that take place across London.

Exhibition celebrates the discovery of blood circulation
Exhibition celebrates the discovery of blood circulation

Exhibition celebrates the discovery of blood circulation

Just under 400 years ago, a British physician was to overturn 1,500 years of thinking about how the human body worked, with considerable opposition from the venue now hosting an exhibition about him. William Harvey was a very well connected

Mar
20
2018
Creepy Dr Who-esque exhibition at the Museum of London
Creepy Dr Who-esque exhibition at the Museum of London

Creepy Dr Who-esque exhibition at the Museum of London

A room full of disembodied voices speaking robotically from glowing mouths as antenna-lights flicker with their voices.

Mar
15
2018
Steampunk visions of London’s future
Steampunk visions of London’s future

Steampunk visions of London’s future

A series of images are on display at the Museum of London, offering a futurist look at what a possible, or in at least one case, utterly impossible, future for London might look like.

Mar
15
2018
Encounters with Ayurvedic Man at the Wellcome
Encounters with Ayurvedic Man at the Wellcome

Encounters with Ayurvedic Man at the Wellcome

A display of Asian medicine writings collected by the Wellcome Collection a century ago has gone on display for the first time.

Mar
13
2018
Early colour photographs of East London on display
Early colour photographs of East London on display

Early colour photographs of East London on display

An exhibition has opened of previously unseen photographs which depict Stepney, Mile End, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Limehouse and the Thames riverside in the warm hues of Kodachrome film.

Feb
11
2018
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. ROLL UP, ROLL UP the FATBERG is in town!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. ROLL UP, ROLL UP the FATBERG is in town!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. ROLL UP, ROLL UP the FATBERG is in town!

A lump of congealed human waste seems an unusual object for a museum, let alone one to cause so much... is excitement the correct word?

Feb
09
2018
The golden age of the Ocean Liners comes to the V&A Museum
The golden age of the Ocean Liners comes to the V&A Museum

The golden age of the Ocean Liners comes to the V&A Museum

There was a brief period of time when luxury ruled the waves, if you had the money to afford it, when interior design was deco and dresses were short.

Feb
04
2018
Pots with Attitude – Georgian satire at the British Museum
Pots with Attitude – Georgian satire at the British Museum

Pots with Attitude – Georgian satire at the British Museum

Satire, that great British tradition of puncturing the pomposity of the great and good is the topic of a new ceramics and print display at the British Museum.

Jan
26
2018
Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display
Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display

Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display

Last year, a rare discovery was made in Southwark, of a Roman sarcophagus -- and later this year it is to go on public display as part of a new exhibition.

Jan
13
2018
What is a family — when visiting a museum?
What is a family — when visiting a museum?

What is a family — when visiting a museum?

Some families are made up of two children and two adults, but many are not. But which London venues that charge entry have adapted to the modern family size?

Dec
29
2017
A riot of colour as the King of Bling struts his stuff
A riot of colour as the King of Bling struts his stuff

A riot of colour as the King of Bling struts his stuff

After decades of monochrome Puritanism, Britain exploded with colour and magnificence, and it's this period of artistic renaissance that's the topic of a new exhibition at the Queen's Gallery.

Dec
26
2017
See the superheroes who built London
See the superheroes who built London

See the superheroes who built London

Joseph Bazalgette as Captain Sanitation! Thomas Telford as Colossus! Andy Mitchell as Infrastructo! They're the superheroes who built, and are still building London.

Dec
12
2017
Find the Museum at Pooh Corner
Find the Museum at Pooh Corner

Find the Museum at Pooh Corner

A corner of central London is now a 100 acre wood and children's fantasy, overflowing with honey and a small bridge over a stream filling with small twigs.

Dec
09
2017
Hidden in plain sight – an exhibition celebrating nursing diversity
Hidden in plain sight – an exhibition celebrating nursing diversity

Hidden in plain sight – an exhibition celebrating nursing diversity

There's a nice little exhibition on at the moment that records the diverse history of diversity within the nursing profession.

Nov
23
2017
Exhibition shows off the history of the Thames River Police
Exhibition shows off the history of the Thames River Police

Exhibition shows off the history of the Thames River Police

There's a new exhibition that seeks to show off the shared heritage between London's river police as the development of policing in the West Indies.

Nov
19
2017
Death and Mortality at the Guildhall Art Gallery
Death and Mortality at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Death and Mortality at the Guildhall Art Gallery

There's an exhibition open at the moment about death and mortality. It opened a couple of months ago, and I've been struggling to think of something to say about it.

Oct
24
2017
Hear 140 years of Recorded Sound at the British Library
Hear 140 years of Recorded Sound at the British Library

Hear 140 years of Recorded Sound at the British Library

The British Library is not just a space for silent contemplation of worthy tomes, it's also a huge collection of audio recordings, and some are now on "display".

Oct
11
2017
70 years of celebrating concrete
70 years of celebrating concrete

70 years of celebrating concrete

A magazine starting publishing in 1947, and it's still going strong today, so there's an exhibition about its namesake - concrete.

Oct
08
2017
See ordinary animals as never seen before
See ordinary animals as never seen before

See ordinary animals as never seen before

There's a display of ordinary animals, mundane animals, commonplace animals, and you'll want to visit to see them, for they are in an unusual home.

Oct
06
2017
Jeremy Bentham’s mummified head goes on public display
Jeremy Bentham’s mummified head goes on public display

Jeremy Bentham’s mummified head goes on public display

Long locked away following a botched preservation attempt, the decapitated mummified head of the philosopher, Jeremy Bentham has been put on display for the first time in decades.

Oct
05
2017
Sir John Soane’s Museum to start opening on Sundays
Sir John Soane’s Museum to start opening on Sundays

Sir John Soane’s Museum to start opening on Sundays

This curiously eclectic museum in the heart of London has long been closed on Sundays, but no longer.

Oct
05
2017
The V&A looks at Plywood and likes it
The V&A looks at Plywood and likes it

The V&A looks at Plywood and likes it

The ancient Egyptians invented it, the Victorians industrialised it, the Edwardians loved it, and most of us who sat on plywood chairs at school hated it.

Sep
13
2017
See modern mosaics in a City of London church
See modern mosaics in a City of London church

See modern mosaics in a City of London church

Each summer, a church in the City of London hosts an exhibition of newly created mosaics from the studios of Southbank Mosaics.

Sep
05
2017
London’s newest museum – the Postal and Mail Rail
London’s newest museum – the Postal and Mail Rail

London’s newest museum – the Postal and Mail Rail

A new museum has opened in London, and deep underneath, it has the ultimate toy -- it's very own private tube tunnel railway, and you can go for a ride in it.

Sep
04
2017