The Making of Modern London, c. 1660-2000
Museum of London
London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 0870 444 3850
This twenty-four week course in association with Birkbeck College asks the question 'how did London come to achieve its present form?' Among the subjects considered are the development of the West End, varieties in trade and commerce, Victorian social surveys and the development of the railways.
Barbed Wit: Italian Satire of the Great War
January 10th-March 18th
39a Canonbury Square
London N11 2AN
Tel: 020 7704 9522
Organized in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, this exhibition showcases a unique collection of Italian postcards from the First World War. Thirty-six original designs are on display, each reflecting different Italian opinions on various aspects of the GreatWar and the countries involved.
The River Thames in London's History
Museum in Docklands
150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 0870 444 3856
A twelve-week course focusing on the influence of the Thames on the development of London from AD 50 to the present, and drawing on the unique resources of the Museum in Docklands to explore a variety of themes.
Form's Duthchas: Land and Legacy
January 13th-March 17th
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EB
Tel: 01463 237114
This major exhibition will tour Scotland throughout 2007, starting at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery before moving on to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stornoway later in the year. Exploring the roots and development of Highland culture, 'Fonn's Duthchas' takes in a number of themes ranging from 'the oral tradition and the resurgence of traditional language' to 'the Highland landscape and its effect upon its people'. The exhibition also looks at how the population of the Highlands has changed since the days of the Viking invaders, whilst displaying important historical documents from Sir Walter Scott, James Macpherson and artefacts associated with Culloden and the Clearances.
Canaletto in England: A Venetian Artist Abroad, 1746-1755
24th January-April 15th
Dulwich Picture Gallery
London SE21 7AD
Tel: 020 8693 5254
The nine years that Canaletto spent in England is marked here with a special exhibition of over fifty paintings and thirty drawings. The contrast Canaletto found in London, compared to his native Venice, fascinated the artist and he produced a number of panoramic views of the capital. Images frequently focus on the River Thames but also explore London's parks, skyline and ancient buildings.
The Art of Conversation
Until January 15th
York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW
Tel: 01904 687687
Works from artists including Gainsborough, Stubbs and Devis are on display in this exhibition, which benefits from a number of major loans to complement the York Art Gallery's own collection. The exhibition combines decorative and fine arts from the 18th century with costumes from the same period.
Greenwich Time Clocks that Changed the World
January 16th, 6.30pm
National Maritime Museum
Park Row, Greenwich
London SE10 9NF
Tel: 020 8858 4422
An illustrated lecture from David Rooney, Curator of Timekeeping at the Royal Observatory, investigating the role of the Royal Observatory in the measurement and distribution of accurate time from the 17th century till the present day. …