As everyone knows, I love museums. And what better way to spend these cold, grey days, than by wandering around an exhibition for a few hours. Here’s a little guide to some of the exhibitions I’m looking forward to exploring in London over the next couple of months:
Elizabeth & Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens, The British Library
Open until 20th February 2022
I remember learning about both women briefly at school and their infamous rivalry was touched upon, but I don’t think I ever truly understood their complex relationship. This exhibition documents the tumultuous ride these women went on together, despite never meeting, as they fought for control over the British Isles. Showcased through 16th century manuscripts, prints and ‘haunting objects’, the lives of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots are exposed, warts and all.
Price: £18 (concessions available)
Amazônia, Science Museum
Open until 1st March 2022
Photography is my favourite art form. I think it’s so beautiful that you get to see what another person has seen through their own eyes. This exhibition showcases the incredible art of Sebastião Salgado; an artist who, for 7 years, worked with 12 indigenous communities to create a stunning collection of black and white photographs. Portraying indigenous peoples and the landscapes of the Amazon rainforest, this display celebrates the beautiful world around us.
Price: £9 (concessions available)
Christmas Past, Museum of the Home
9th November 2021 – 9th January 2022
I haven’t been to this Museum since it’s reopened and rebranded to the Museum of the Home and what better way to revisit than to celebrate Christmas! The Rooms Through Time will be transformed to show how homes have been decorated during the festive period over the past 400 years. I’m looking forward to learning about how traditions and cultures influence the décor of houses during the winter season. Also, it’s a great way to get inspo for Christmas decorations!
Tranquillity (open until 9th January 2022), Joy (open until 27th February 2022), The Wellcome Collection
There’s so much negativity going on in the world right now that it’s good to experience some escapism from it. These two exhibitions at The Wellcome will help you to do exactly that. ‘Tranquillity’ delves into our deeper feelings of peace and balance; exploring how wellbeing can be achieved. Objects such as books and art look at how individuals feel about wellness and achieve tranquillity in their lives. Similarly, ‘Joy’ explores this euphoric feeling and the positive effect it has on people and how it manifests in a variety of ways. It will leave you thinking about what brings you joy. How you feel tranquil in your life. And ultimately, how important both are, especially in these dark days.
Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now, Tate Britain
1st December 2021 – 3rd April 2022
I’m mixed race. I, like my parents, was born in England, but I am the granddaughter of Windrushers and Irish small towners. So Tate really had me with the title of this show! This important exhibition features works by Caribbean artists who made their homes in Britain, alongside British artists that use Caribbean themes & heritage in their work. I’m excited to learn more about the artists featured and see how history, culture and heritage is depicted by people with experiences like my own family’s.
Price: £16 (concessions available)
This is England, Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery
6th – 14th November 2021
The EUROs 2020 summer was one of the best times of my life. The pride, the excitement, the togetherness (until the final when the racist thugs came out of the woodwork) was pure joy. So, I’m very excited to see these beautiful artworks of the England squad and Manager, Gareth Southgate at the Manor. The only downside is that the display is only on for one week which makes it a little difficult to find time to visit but keeping everything crossed that I can celebrate our brilliant boys once more!
Price: £7 (concessions available)
Wish You Were Here: 151 years of the British postcard, Postal Museum
Open until 2nd January 2022
Who doesn’t love getting a postcard when someone you know is on holiday? Also, who doesn’t like sending them? A quick and easy way to send an update on your adventures, boast about your holiday or simply keep in touch with loved ones, the postcard has a been traditional form of communication in Britain for over 150 years. I look forward to seeing the huge range of designs and reasons that the small pieces of card have been sent throughout history.
Price: £16 exhibition included in Museum ticket (concessions available)
Amy: Beyond the Stage, Design Museum
Opens 26th November 2021
Amy Winehouse was one of the greats. A powerhouse whose voice and lyrics influenced artists, writers, and fans across the globe. This special exhibition at Design Museum takes you on a journey through Amy’s early career – focussing on her music, creativity, and undeniable talent. Objects include notebooks with original song lyrics, outfits worn during famous performances and personal items from her youth. Developed with The Estate of Amy Winehouse, the show will celebrate the icon’s short but remarkable life and legacy.
Price: £14.50 (concessions available)
Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, V&A
Opens 20th November 2021
V&A exhibitions are always so spectacular, and this looks no different. Celebrating the fascinating life and work of Carl Fabergé, the exhibition displays over 200 pieces created by the Fabergé firm. The incredibly intricate and beautiful pieces tell a story of elegance, opulence and innovation all created by the Russian craftsman in his London branch. In addition, themes around class, culture and creativity shed light on the Russian Revolution, Edwardian London, and the growth of a jewellery brand into one of the most famous in the world.
Price: £18 (concessions available)
I hope you get to enjoy some of hese exhibitions this winter season & I can’t wait to share my visits through my @museum.musings instagram! (Ps remember that many museums & galleries still require you to pre-book tickets so please do check out websites before visiting).