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Exhibitions in London open on Sun, 21st Apr 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

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)

2019-04-21
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)

2019-04-21
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)

2019-04-21
John Ruskin - The Power of Seeing
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)

2019-04-21
 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)

2019-04-21
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)

2019-04-21
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)

2019-04-21
Unclaimed - The Liminal Space
A photographic exhibition documenting the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th May)

2019-04-21
Bedrooms of London
With more than 800 images on display, this global photography exhibition presents all winning and shortlisted entries, including the Photographer of the Year, from this year’s Awards (Ending Soon Mon, 6th May)

2019-04-21
2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
This exhibition is the story of humanity’s ever-changing relationship with our nearest star. (Ending Soon Mon, 6th May)

2019-04-21
Explore the Library’s collection of pocket-sized friendship albums – made between the 16th and 19th centuries. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th May)

2019-04-21
Friendship Before Facebook: Social Networks in a Pre-Digital Age
This exhibition explores the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th May)

2019-04-21
Spare Parts - Rethinking human repair
The first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years. (Ending Soon Sun, 19th May)

2019-04-21
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)

2019-04-21
A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing
This exhibition displays a selection of Cultural Revolution propaganda posters, revolutionary landscapes, images of the leader and intricate papercuts all of which were collected in China during the 1970s. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

2019-04-21
Cultural Revolution - State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s
A major exhibition exploring the role of drawing in contemporary architectural practice through the work of one of Britain’s leading architects and architectural draughtsmen​. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

2019-04-21
Eric Parry: Drawing
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)

2019-04-21
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)

2019-04-21
Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr
Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant on display spaning the period from 1952 – 1977 (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

2019-04-21
 Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant
The first ever exhibition outside of Norway of Harald Sohlberg, one of the greatest masters of landscape painting in the history of Norwegian art. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

2019-04-21
Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway