Magazine article History Today

Round and About: March 2002. (Frontline)

Magazine article History Today

Round and About: March 2002. (Frontline)

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Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka: The Glass Aquarium

March 1st to June 30th

Design Museum
28 Shad Thames, London SE1
Tel: 020 7940 8790

The fusion of design, craftsmanship and industrial production in the late 19th century, married with a fascination in the new science of marine exploration, is celebrated in the work of the Blaschkas. By the late 1880s, this Dresden-based father and son team of `natural history artisans' were producing glass models of over 700 types of sea creatures, which they supplied to museums and collectors.

Contrasts in Living: National Trust Purcell Lectures

March 4th; 11th; 18th; 25th

The Royal Festival Hall Box
Office, South Bank,
London SE1
Tel: 020 7960 4242 or call
National Trust Events on
0870458 4000

Held in the Purcell Room of the RFH, the subjects of these four lectures are: `American Contrasts in Living' (4th), a double bill focusing on the Tenement Museums of New York and the Henry Clay Frick Houses; `Lost Palaces of England (11th) by Stephen Brindle, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Greater London; `Rudyard Kipling's Very-Own House' (18th) by Michael Smith of the Kipling Society and `Future Visions; The Alec Clifton-Taylor Memorial Lecture' (25th) by Fiona Reynolds, Director General of the National Trust.

Campaigning for the Vote: Women & Parliament

March 9th

The Women's Library
Old Castle Street London E1
7NT Tel: 020 730 2222

A day of talks and debates exploring the history of women's campaign for the vote, and drawing extensively on the core collection of the Women's Library.

The Age of Carracci

March 6th to May 26th

Ashmolean Museum
Oxford OX1 2PH
Tel: 01865 278 010

A hundred, many little-known, 17th-century Bolognese drawings from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm are assembled together in Britain for the first time in this Ashmolean special exhibition.

Baroque Painting in Genoa

March 13th to June 16th

Sunley Room, National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London W1
Tel: 020 7747 2885

Elsewhere in 17th-century northern Italy, the art world of Genoa was also flourishing. Genoa attracted foreign artists such as Rubens and Van Dyck as well as producing its own important local artists such as Castello, Castiglione and Strozzi. One of the highlights of this exhibition is Castiglione's 4-metre high altarpiece from the church of San Luca.

Skin Deep: A History of Tattooing

March 22nd

National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, London SE10
Tel: 020 8858 4422

The use of tattooing among seamen in the 19th and 20th centuries forms the basis of this exhibition, which draws on a variety of images and artefacts both from the Museum and on loan. The three sections of the exhibition examine European encounters with tattooing in the Pacific, the way in which tattooing became the vogue among sailors and how this spread to other social groups, and finally the tattoo as an increasingly acceptable and ubiquitous fashion statement.

Print and Propaganda in the French Revolution

March 13th, 1pm

The Strang Print Room
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1
Tel: 020 7679 2540

This free lunchtime talk will explore key printed images from the French Revolution, including caricatures and popular representations of historical narratives.

Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova

March 14th to July 7th

Victoria & Albert Museum
South Kensington
London SW7
Tel: 020 7942 2000
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