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Exhibitions in London open on Mon, 15th Apr 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

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)

2019-04-15
Giving Peace a Chance: from the League of Nations to Greenham Common
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)

2019-04-15
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)

2019-04-15
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)

2019-04-15
Painting the Hamlets
Portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé illustrate historic events and family meetings between the rulers of the two nations.  (Ending Soon Sun, 28th Apr)

2019-04-15
 Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs
From Rossetti, Millais and Burne-Jones to Perry, Latham and Pecchioli, join the dreamers where reality meets imagination. (Ending Soon Sun, 28th Apr)

2019-04-15
Visions and Visionaries
The exhibition features ceramic artworks dispensing scents inspired by the Horniman Gardens, and a soundscape based on the chemical processes occurring in plants and trees.  (Ending Soon Tue, 30th Apr)

2019-04-15
The Lore of the Land
Explore this surreal lost property office where you will uncover stories in the most unlikely places. (Ending Soon Fri, 3rd May)

2019-04-15
Unclaimed - The Liminal Space
This exhibition is the story of humanity’s ever-changing relationship with our nearest star. (Ending Soon Mon, 6th May)

2019-04-15
Explore the Library’s collection of pocket-sized friendship albums – made between the 16th and 19th centuries. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th May)

2019-04-15
Friendship Before Facebook: Social Networks in a Pre-Digital Age
Photography display exploring past and present Thamesmead through archival images from the RIBA Collections and contemporary photographs by artist Nina Manandhar.  (Ending Soon Thu, 16th May)

2019-04-15
Thamesmead: A Town for the 21st Century
The exhibition features twenty-four critically acclaimed projects that have pushed design boundaries through their exploration of the opportunities and challenges of timber structures.  (Ending Soon Fri, 17th May)

2019-04-15
Forest of Fabrication
The first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years. (Ending Soon Sun, 19th May)

2019-04-15
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver
This display presents six innovative projects from the collections of the RIBA and the V&A, each demonstrating a unique experiment in social housing design. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

2019-04-15
A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing
Spanning thousands of years, this takes a closer look at five objects that explore the relationship between food, power and control. (Ending Soon Mon, 27th May)

2019-04-15
Feeding history: the politics of food
A major exhibition of works by Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers. (Ending Soon Mon, 27th May)

2019-04-15
Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr
The exhibition highlights selected maps illustrating the topographical history of Islington from 16th-century rural village to an urban Victorian district. (Ending Soon Fri, 31st May)

2019-04-15
Historic maps and plans of Islington (1553-1894)
The first solo UK exhibition by Myfanwy MacLeod, in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG, Vancouver). (Ending Soon Sat, 8th Jun)

2019-04-15
Canada Gallery Myfanwy MacLeod – Neighbours
From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jun)

2019-04-15
Call in the Cavalry
An exhibition that covers a long period in the history of magic, from the 16th to the early 20th century. (Ending Soon Sat, 15th Jun)

2019-04-15
Staging Magic – The Story Behind The Illusion