Five things to see at the National Army Museum
Armies are expensive and so are museums devoted to them. Chelsea’s National Army Museum (next to the Royal Hospital) has just reopened after a three-year, £24 million redesign. A huge atrium has been carved out of the middle of the building, and the whole place is much lighter and less gloomy than before.
House of Illustration
The House of Illustration was founded by illustration extraordinaire, Sir Quentin Blake in 2014. It’s the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and the graphic arts and alongside exhibitions, the space hosts talks, events and an extensive learning programme delivered by professional illustrators.
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Must-see museum exhibitions in London
Upcoming museum exhibitions in London
Life in the Dark
If you're missing 'Blue Planet', this exhibition offers another chance to see what goes on in the depths of the oceans. 'Life in the Dark' follows deep sea fish, as well as moles, moths and crocodiles to find out what they get up to in the shadows. Find out how foxes spend their nights on the prowl and discover the internal, nocturnal lives of original specimens. Find out more here.
IVF: 6 Million Babies Later
On 25 July 1978, Louise Joy Brown was welcomed into the world. All births are miracles, but this one was extra special: Louise was the first baby to be born from IVF. London's Science Museum celebrates the 40th anniversary of this momentous occasion with a free exhibition looking at the decade of success and failure the scientists developing the treatment went through in their quest to revolutionise fertility.
John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce
Illustrations are often seen as playing second fiddle to actual 'art' (you know, the kind you get hanging on a wall instead of hidden between the covers of a book). But the intricately detailed and endlessly inventive creations of John Vernon Lord are just as beautiful as anything normally spotted in an art gallery. This exhibition at the House of Illustration in King's Cross shows the illustrator's work for five books including Finnegan’s Wake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses.