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Review: Unseen Waterloo, Private Exhibition Launch, Somerset House

Every year since 2009, Sam Faulkner – photographer on other fascinating projects such as ‘Eagle Hunters’ and ‘Cocaine Wars’ – has travelled to the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium to take photographs of ‘modern day’ Napoleonic soldiers.  Faulkner’s photographs give us a highly emotive insight into individual battlefield experience, recreating the faces of those who fought …

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EVENT! Pregnancy, False Pregnancy, and Questionable Heirs: Mary I and her Echoes

Pregnancy, False Pregnancy, and Questionable Heirs: Mary I and her Echoes 16 April 2015 Wednesday May 20 5-7pm Lecture Roberts G08, Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building This illustrated lecture examines beliefs – medical and cultural – about phantom pregnancies in early modern England with specific connections to the political implications of Mary I’s false pregnancies. While historians have …

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What’s Happening in Black British History?

What’s Happening in Black British History? A Conversation Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU Thursday 30th October – tickets £7.50-£15 Thirty years after the publication of Peter Fryer’s Staying Power, immigration is still a hotly contested topic, while slavery continues to dominate popular perceptions of Black British History. New research is revealing different stories, but how is this being …

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British Folk Art at Tate Britain

British Folk Art Tate Britain, London, 10 June – 31 August 2014 I imagine them sitting together, heads huddled close, whispering, choosing what to embroider next: two dancing pigs, a peacock with a fabulous tail, an anchor, or a sprig of daisies. Over the course of a year, their quilt becomes filled with an eclectic mix of motifs, sewn by …

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THE HANOVER: 300 Years of British-German Royal Ties

2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the British Throne, a crucial moment in which the new British nation created an original sense of style that is still recognised across the world today. With the death of Queen Anne and the unsuccessful search for a Protestant heir in England, the British monarchy turned to its distant relatives …

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M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting

M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting 28 May – 27 July 2014 Admission: FREE For the first time, the final nine paintings by the celebrated Indian artist, M.F. Husain (1915- 2011) will go on public display at the V&A this summer. The Indian Civilization series comprises eight monumental triptych paintings, each measuring 12 feet wide by six feet high, …

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Shakespeare at the V&A Museum

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright 8 February – 21 September 2014 Admission: FREE The 23rd April 2014 marks 450 years since William Shakespeare was born. To mark this occasion, the Victoria and Albert Museum has a new exhibition exploring how Shakespeare’s works have inspired theatrical interpretations through the centuries and across the globe. Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright takes Shakespeare’s First Folio …

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V&A announces new Europe 1600-1800 galleries

The V&A has unveiled details of the new Europe 1600-1800 galleries, opening to the public December this year. The £12.5m project – that will be free to the public – will see seven galleries transformed for the redisplay of more than 1,100 objects from the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design.  Europe 1600-1800 will tell …

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Hot Chocolate: Dr Matthew Green Discovers “The Drink of the Gods”…

Historical media company Unreal City Audio have teamed up with purveyor of luxury flavoured chocolate Cocoa Hernando to produce an immersive whirlwind tour of the decadent chocolate houses of Georgian London over the weekend of the London Chocolate Festival at the South Bank Centre. Set amidst the luxury shops, mighty townhouses and royal palaces of Mayfair and St James’s, this …

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The British Library hosts the Georgians

GEORGIANS REVEALED AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY Georgians Revealed – 8 November 2013 to 11 March 2014 – British Library It’s fair to say that being sandwiched in the middle of the Tudors and the Victorians has done the Georgians no favours. Like the Stuarts before them, the Georgians suffer the same level of popular neglect when held up against Henry …

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