Magazine article History Today

Round & About

Magazine article History Today

Round & About

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The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC

Until August 15th

Ashmolean Museum of Art and

Archaeology, Beaumont Street

Oxford OX1 2PH

Telephone: 01865 278 000

Between 5000 and 3500 BC, 'Old Europe', at the heart of which were the fertile valleys of the Danube River, was among the most technologically advanced and sophisticated regions in the world. This exhibition, prepared by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, charts the artistic and technological achievements of the area through a display of more than 250 artefacts on loan from over 20 museums in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova.

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

Until September 19th

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street

Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Telephone: 0131 225 7534

An exhibition reflecting new research by National Museums Scotland into the famous Norwegian chessmen, made of walrus ivory and dating from the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries.The display explores the myths surrounding the chessmen and the context to their discovery on the isle of Lewis in 1831, as well as the craft tradition in Trondheim in Norway, where they are believed to have been made.

Gifts of the Ebb Tide: Japan and the Sea in Ukiyo-e Prints

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1RB

Telephone: 01223 332900

Ukiyo-e translates in Japanese as 'pictures from a floating world'.This exhibition celebrates Japan's connection with the sea, through this 18th- and 19th-century printmaking genre, which the Fitzwilliam has been collecting for over a century.

Indian Armies, Indian Art: Soldiers, Collectors and Artists, 1770-1880

National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road

London SW3 4HT

Telephone: 0207 730 0717

Watercolours, mica paintings and intricate sculptures created by Indian artists and collected by British soldiers illustrate the cultural exchange between Britain and India in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Detail of gouache by East India Company artist Naziradeem, c.1824, showing method of attack with musket when facing the enemy head on.

A Wonderland of Natural History

Until December 31st

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW

Telephone: 01865 272 950

Part of a series of celebratory events to mark the museum's 150th anniversary this year. Contemporary documents, photographs and engravings chart the campaign and architectural competition to build the museum as a home for Oxford science and the construction of the building between 1855 and 1860.

Sir Hans Sloane: Bloomsbury and the British Museum

June 3rd, 6pm

Old Operating Theatre Museum

9a St Thomas Street

Southwark, London SE1 9RY

Telephone: 020 7188 2679

To mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Sir Hans Sloane, this walk through Bloomsbury focuses on the area in the 18th century and Sloane's role in the foundation of the British Museum.

The Martyrs of Warsaw, Part I

June 7th, 7.30pm

Finborough Theatre

84 Finborough Road

London SW10 9ED

Telephone: 020 7373 3842

The premiere of this new play by Sarah Grochala is staged as part of the Finborough's 30th anniversary celebrations. Set in Warsaw in 1943, The Martyrs of Warsaw explores the lives of three women living in a city under occupation.

Rude Britannia: British Comic Art

June 9th-Sept 5th

Tate Britain, Millbank

London SW1P 4RG

Telephone: 020 7887 8888

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