Round and About: February

Round and About: February – art exhibits in England


Bauhaus Dessau February 10th – June 4th

The Design Museum Shad Thames London SE1 27D Tel 020 7378 6055

Design classics such as prototypes for the Wassily Club Armchair by Marcel Breuer, design patents of 1927 and rare examples of domestic and industrial metalwork by Marianne Brandt, feature alongside paintings by Kandinsky, Maholy-Nagy and Klee. Also textiles by Gunta Stolzl and poster designs by Herbert Bayer, all chosen to reveal why the Bauhaus continues to be so important in the history of design.

Photography and Time February 10th – September 17th

Victoria & Albert Museum South Kensington London SW7 2RL Tel: 020 7938 8500

A rich and topical exhibition exploring notions of time through photography will open in The Canon Photography Gallery to celebrate the Millennium year. From early pioneering photographs, capturing the movement of waves for the first time to Muybridge’s pre-cinematic Animal Locomotion in the 1880s, the exhibition will explore movement, speed, growth and reflection through the photographer’s lens.

Risings, Riots and Rebellions February 12th

The Open Museum National Maritime Museum Greenwich London SE10 9NF Tel: 0181 312 6747

A one-day course which looks at risings, riots and rebellions peculiar to Greenwich, including the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, the Cornishmens’ Revolt of 1497 and the Plumstead Common Riots in the 19th century, as well as local issues which have given rise to public protest since 1900. The day will be led by Dr. Robert Allen (University of Greenwich), Ann Trevenen Jenkin (former teacher and librarian), Frances Ward (Greenwich Local History Library) and D. Dan Weinbren (Open University). The course runs from 10.30am until 4.15pm in the Museum’s Lecture Theatre.

Valentine Tours at Hampton Court February 12th, 13th, 14th

Hampton Court Palace Surrey KT8 9AU Tel: 0181 781 9540

During the Valentine’s Day specially themed after-dark tours of Hampton Court Palace, costumed guides will greet visitors in the Great Kitchen, where wine and canapes will be served, before embarking on a tour of Henry Vill’s State Apartments. Passing through the magnificent Great Hall and Great Watching Chamber, you will learn about sixteenth-century ideals of beauty, adultery and gossip at the Tudor court and some fascinating anecdotes about this infamous and much married monarch. Tours take place at 17.30, 18.00 and 18.30, and must be booked in advance.

Silver 1800-2000 February 16th

Victoria and Albert Museum South Kensington London SW7 2RL

The second phase of the redisplay of the Silver Galleries at the V&A will open on February 16th.

Following the successful creation in 1996 of galleries devoted to English silver 1300-1800, Silver 1800-2000 will showcase further spectacular objects from the National Collection of silver, celebrating two centuries of experimentation and inventiveness in this precious metal.

The Social Nature of Map-Making in the Enlightenment February 17th

The Warburg Institute University of London Woburn Square London WC1H OAB Tel: 020 7412 7525 (Tony Campbell)

Professor Charles Withers of the Department of Geography at the University of Edinburgh will be giving this lecture on the history of cartography in the Maps and Society series, which starts at 5.00 pm.

All the King’s Creatures February 19th-27th

Hampton Court Palace Surrey KT8 9AU Tel: 0181 781 9500

In a celebration of the role of animals in Tudor England, visitors to the palace between February 19th and 27th, can enjoy beastly family trails – through the cobbled courtyards and out into the wilderness and the maze in search of wildlife – but watch out for those gargoyles on the rooftops! Animal antics for children are likely to include mask making and interactive presentations.

Photographs by Snowdon: A Retrospective February 25th -June 4th

National Portrait Gallery St Martin’s Place London WC2H OHE.

As one of the most versatile photographers of his generation, the National Portrait Gallery is staging this retrospective of Snowdon’s photographs, his first at a major London institution. The exhibition will include many of his witty, irreverent fashion photographs, as well as the portraits for which he is best known. His more serious work, documentary photographs for the Sunday Times magazine and others, will also be shown, revealing an inquisitive and compassionate eye.

How to Trace your Ancestors February 26th

The Open Museum National Maritime Museum Greenwich London SE10 9NF Tel 0181 312 6747

Anyone interested in family history (or who has seagoing ancestors) should enjoy the Open Museum’s one-day course. This course will introduce you to the facilities available within the Museum’s Centre for Maritime Research, and will be led by experts from the Museum and from the Admiralty Library. Both the Royal and the Merchant Navies will be covered. 10.30 am until 4.15 pm in the Museum’s Lecture Theatre.

Seeing Salvation: The Image of Christ February 26th – May 7th

The National Gallery Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

To mark the year 2000 the National Gallery is organising a major exhibition which explores how the figure of Christ has been represented visually over the last two millennia. The Gallery’s collection is built upon masterpieces spanning the centuries from 1200 to 1900. The Gallery’s Director, Neil MacGregor, is also writing and presenting a BBC2 television series, `Seeing Salvation’, to be broadcast from February 26th to accompany the exhibition.


Modern British Art February 12th – early 2001

Tate Gallery Liverpool Albert Dock Liverpool L3 4BB Tel: 0151 702 7400

For the year 2000, this main display from the national collection is substantially revitalised with new works and different areas of emphasis. It includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and videos, representing work from 1900 to the present day by artists including Walter Sickert, Gwen John, Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Bridget Riley and Gillian Wearing. A new addition is the Focus Room which investigates particular movements and artists in more detail, starting with Vorticism.


Eat, Drink and Be Merry: The British at Table 1600-2000 February 26th – June 4th

Fairfax House Castlegate York YO1 9RN

Through paintings, authentic table re-creations and the decorative arts, the exhibition charts the development of British tastes in dining, and celebrates the changing attitudes to eating and drinking from the first Elizabethan era to the present day.


Research Day: Using Resources from the National Monuments Record for Local History

The National Monuments Record Centre Kemble Drive Swindon SN2 2GZ. Tek 01793 414735 (Jane Golding)

For individuals undertaking local history research. Using a wide range of materials from the NMR archives, such as historic and aerial photographs, drawings, reports and maps, students will learn how to extract and analyse their content.

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