My monthly roundup of ten excellent exhibitions to visit during February 2022 while you’re recovering from the deprivations of Dry January.


Peru: a journey in time

British Museum, Bloomsbury

Adults: £15 | Children: Free | Concessions: £13 | Members: Free

(note, closes on 20th February)

Step into the vibrant world of Peru and discover how people have thrived for millennia in one of the most complex and challenging environments on the planet.

Marking Peru’s bicentennial year of independence, this exhibition highlights the history, beliefs and cultural achievements of the different peoples who lived here from around 2500 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the 1500s, and their legacy in the centuries that followed.

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Off the Rails: The Line that never was

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum, Borehamwood

FREE

An exhibition exploring the Elstree Extension through the Northern Heights that was suspended during World War 2, and never restarted. Come and see the scale model of the Tube line and how it would have looked if it had been completed.

Details here


London: Port City

Museum of London Docklands, Canary Wharf

FREE

Find out about the ongoing impact of the Port of London on our capital city, its people, design, culture and international reputation. This exhibition traces more than 200 years of extraordinary experiences and intense activity on a river that has always been essential to the city’s survival.

Details here


Fabergé: Romance to Revolution

Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington

Adults: £20 | Children (0-11): Free | Concessions: £17 | Members: Free

This exhibition explores master goldsmith, Carl Fabergé – who symbolised Russian craftsmanship, luxury and elegance – and the Anglo-Russian relationship which saw the opening of a London branch in 1903.

With a focus on Fabergé’s Edwardian high society clientele, the exhibition will shine a light on his triumphs in Britain as well as a global fascination with the joyful opulence of his creations. Three of his legendary Imperial Easter Eggs will go on display for the first time in the UK as part of the exhibition’s dramatic finalé.

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Body Vessel Clay

Two Temple Place, Embankment

FREE

Two Temple Place — an amazing building in its own right — is showing a display that spans 70 years of ceramics, celebrating the medium in new and surprising ways. Beginning with the seminal Nigerian potter, Ladi Kwali, and examining her interaction with 1950s British Studio Pottery, this important new exhibition brings together a rich history with experimental new works by Black women working with clay today.

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Bob Marley One Love Experience

Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea

Adults: £38.50 | Children (0-9): Free

Described as an “interactive experience”, this exhibition showcases unseen Marley photographs and memorabilia with a focus on his lifestyle, passions, influences, and legacy. Fans will venture through the exhibition, greeted by different elements of Bob Marley’s multi-faceted life, the One Love Music Room will commemorate Bob Marley’s achievements through accolades and giant art installations.

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Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Beckenham

FREE

Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain reintroduces the public to the resplendent work of this lately overlooked figure. It invites viewers to see nature and animals through his eyes, glowing with life and energy, and to rediscover the positive effects of connecting with their living environment.

Details here


Unsettling the Source of the Nile

Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham

FREE

The exhibition presents a series of photographs that contain ghosts and shadows of the Burton collection. The images can be viewed alongside an accompanying text drawn from many sources, which offers an interpretive starting point for the images. Visitors are invited to explore archives, contested histories, and the nature of human and more-than-human relationships.

Details here


Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

British Library, King’s Cross

Adults: £16 | Children (0-11): Free | Young person: (12-25): £7 |  Members: Free

(note, closes on 20th February)

Step back into a dangerous world of plots, espionage and treachery to explore the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots in their own words. Encounter some of the Library’s most exceptional 16th-century manuscripts and printed works on display: Elizabeth’s stirring ‘heart and stomach of a king’ speech; the papal bull excommunicating Elizabeth; Mary’s 10-page plea for freedom.

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HRH The Prince of Wales’s Watercolours

The Garrison Chapel, Chelsea

FREE

(note, closes on 14th February)

The exhibition contains spaces dedicated to many geographic areas, such as Scottish mountains and the East African country of Tanzania, which is understood to be one of The Prince’s favourite places to paint. A section on France features predominantly scenes from the Provence region.

Details here

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