London exhibitions - Archive Articles

Reviews of the many exhibitions that take place across London.

The General, The Scientist & The Banker
The General, The Scientist & The Banker

The General, The Scientist & The Banker

In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, but an equally important discovery was made in France, when a flint axe was found buried amongst the bones of now extinct animals.

Feb
15
2013
The Northern Renaissance opens at the Queen’s Gallery
The Northern Renaissance opens at the Queen’s Gallery

The Northern Renaissance opens at the Queen’s Gallery

A more widespread counterpart to its Italian cousin, the Northern Renaissance swept across northern Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, affecting art, literature and even politics in a time of Protestant turmoil and the English reformation. Digging into the

Nov
02
2012
Body Snatchers Invade the Museum of London
Body Snatchers Invade the Museum of London

Body Snatchers Invade the Museum of London

In a couple of weeks time, the souls of the dead will roam the land on All Hallows Eve, but they will have to do so without the diligent assistance of the Resurrection Men, who in the early 19th century fell upon the corpses of the poor to exhume them from their paupers' graves.

Oct
18
2012
A history of Royal Pageantry along the Thames
A history of Royal Pageantry along the Thames

A history of Royal Pageantry along the Thames

With the Royal Pageant taking place in a couple of months, it is opportune to learn a bit about the history of such grand events which were often the closest the great unwashed would get to see their Regal masters

Apr
24
2012
Ladies who designed post-war textiles – and mens handkerchiefs
Ladies who designed post-war textiles – and mens handkerchiefs

Ladies who designed post-war textiles – and mens handkerchiefs

Sitting in a modern building in the achingly fashionable Bermondsey Street is the Fashion and Textile museum, a small space for displays and talks, and of course, the obligatory fashionable café. A display that is currently on is devoted to

Apr
10
2012
Animal Inside Out – the Body Worlds exhibition at the Natural History Museum
Animal Inside Out – the Body Worlds exhibition at the Natural History Museum

Animal Inside Out – the Body Worlds exhibition at the Natural History Museum

If you are a large museum in a large city, it is now mandatory to have a blockbuster show lain on for the summer months to lure in the paying customers – and this summer, the Natural History Museum have

Apr
03
2012
A New Gallery is Opened at the Natural History Museum
A New Gallery is Opened at the Natural History Museum

A New Gallery is Opened at the Natural History Museum

A new gallery opened last week at the Natural History Museum — the Images of Nature gallery — which as they put it showcases “the Museum’s world-famous collection of natural history artworks”. Basically, a display of mainly scientific drawings, and

Oct
06
2011
London Fire Brigade Museum – Open Day
London Fire Brigade Museum – Open Day

London Fire Brigade Museum – Open Day

With frustratingly short notice – the London Fire Brigade has announced that it will open its museum this coming Friday to anyone who just wants to turn up and have a look. The museum is one of those places that

Aug
01
2011
The cartoons of Maggie Thatcher
The cartoons of Maggie Thatcher

The cartoons of Maggie Thatcher

Wandered along to the Cartoon Museum, which is conveniently close to the much larger British Museum. Like a fusion of the memes though, the Cartoon Museum focuses on British cartoons, going right back to the 18th century.

May
23
2009

London Open City – An Exhibition

There is a moderately interesting exhibition on improving open spaces in London – currently being shown in Somerset House. It is full of lots of BIG signs and fluffy filler which doesn’t actually tell you anything – and a rather

Mar
22
2008