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Exhibitions in London open on Wed, 13th Mar 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

Using rarely seen books, artworks and objects, the displays examine the themes of illustrating, opening, mapping, knowing and treating the human body. (Ending Soon Fri, 15th Mar)

2019-03-13
Under the skin: illustrating the human body
Whether raising a smile, solving a crime, wreaking magical havoc or even performing in theatre, cats take centre stage in this free exhibition. (Ending Soon Sun, 17th Mar)

2019-03-13
Cats on the Page
This multi-screen installation by artist John Akomfrah remembers the millions of African men and women who participated in the First World War (Ending Soon Thu, 21st Mar)

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This exhibition of over 100 of these extraordinary film posters celebrates the talent of the varied artists who used to produce these posters, that with advances in digital printing are no longer in demand. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd Mar)

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Hollywood; Bollywood and Nollywood film posters from Ghana
Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change? (Ending Soon Sun, 24th Mar)

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Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and go behind the scenes to uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. (Ending Soon Sun, 24th Mar)

2019-03-13
The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution
The exhibition showcases how humanity has used medicine to extend life and defy death throughout time. (Ending Soon Wed, 27th Mar)

2019-03-13
Defying Death: A Human Journey Through Medicine
An exhibition of dog photographs by Thomas Fall. (Ending Soon Fri, 29th Mar)

2019-03-13
Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall
This exhibition explores the first 30 years of the Building Centre through its archive collection. (Ending Soon Sat, 30th Mar)

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 A seedbed of ideas: The Building Centre, notes from the archive
In this immersive sound installation, 32 people who fought and lived through the First World War share their personal stories of the Armistice. (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Mar)

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Two artists – born centuries apart – explore the same universal themes with works of transcendent beauty and raw emotional power.  (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Mar)

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Discover more about Georgian Black Londoners, alongside a collection of rare and unusual portraits of Black Georgians. (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Mar)

2019-03-13
Black Georgian Londoners: Portraits, People and Perceptions
Through a rich collection of photographs, discover the innovation and resourcefulness that shaped the rebuilding and regeneration of the world post-war, revealing resilience and creativity in times of great change. (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Mar)

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The Oscar Wilde Temple is a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation. (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Mar)

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The Oscar Wilde Temple
Collectively these portraits and stories speak across continents and generations of an extraordinary post-war emigration of women who made a leap of faith for the love of an airman. (Ending Soon Sun, 14th Apr)

2019-03-13
War Brides
An exhibition that looks at how the world has tried (and often failed) to secure peace in the 20th century. (Ending Soon Wed, 17th Apr)

2019-03-13
Giving Peace a Chance: from the League of Nations to Greenham Common
The Charles Dickens Museum explores the pivotal role of food in the author’s life and novels and give new insights into the experience of dining with Dickens. (Ending Soon Sun, 21st Apr)

2019-03-13
Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens
This is the V&A Museum of Childhood’s first major exhibition to focus on fictional pirates and their influence in popular culture. (Ending Soon Mon, 22nd Apr)

2019-03-13
A Pirate’s Life for Me
The exhibition showcases significant objects from Sheffield’s Guild of St George Ruskin Collection whilst also drawing on the collections of museums and galleries. (Ending Soon Mon, 22nd Apr)

2019-03-13
John Ruskin - The Power of Seeing
A display of paintings which depict landscapes, river views and street scenes in Tower Hamlets. (Ending Soon Thu, 25th Apr)

2019-03-13
Painting the Hamlets