Free exhibitions in London
Thank your lucky stars for antibiotics. The wonder drugs have helped humans combat disease that was once untreatable, even deadly. But now, bacteria are fighting back by evolving into superbugs that are resistant to event the most powerful antibiotics. 'Superbugs: The fight for Our Lives' features twelve real bacteria colonies, an interactive exhibit examining the microscopic world of bacteria and personal stories of those waging war on superbugs, all exploring how humanity is tackling this unprecedented threat. Find out more here.
The Representation of the People Act was passed 100 years ago, giving (some) women the right to vote in the UK for the first time. Take a closer look at some of the less well known suffragettes whose perseverance made it all happen at Votes for Women, an exhibition from the Museum of London. As well as a film showing some of the figures who campaigned tirelessly to achieve votes for women, Emmeline Pankhurst's hunger strike medal and Louise Mary Eates pendent, presented to her on her release from prison, will be on display. Find out more here.
Check out long-gone landmarks, vanished streets and neighbourhoods that are no more at the London Metropolitan Archives' exhibition 'Picturing Forgotten London'. Through drawings, photographs, engravings, maps, films and contemporary recollections discover bits of London that have been lost over the years, from 'The Devil’s Acre', which used to lie next to the Palace of Westminster, Columbia Market in Bethnal Green, London’s first Chinatown in Limehouse, the Great Wheel in Earl’s Court and Wyld’s Monster Globe in Leicester Square.This is the story of London’s forgotten buildings. Find out more here.
Remember Paul Cummins and Tom Piper's mega-popular installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' and it's torrents of ceramic red poppies sweeping over the Tower of London? When it went on tour around the country, London lost a seriously emotive work of art. But, the poppies are back in the capital this year for 'Weeping Window'. This time they'll be filling the grounds of the Imperial War Museum. Find out more here.
Get to know the residents of Lewisham past and present at this exhibition of photographs from John Goto and Des Willie. Goto took his snaps of young people in the area on their way to reggae nights on Lewisham Way in 1977. Willie has recreated his images in 2018 snapping portraits on modern day locals at the borough's People's Day festival. It's a treat to see the photographers' work side by side. Reserve your free ticket here.
Movie buffs and lovers of collectables get ready for your eyes to start popping. Vendors of rare movie memorabilia, MovieMania, have put together an exhibition brimming with famous movie props and production artefacts. Feast your peepers on original costumes worn by Angelina Jolie in ‘Salt’, key props from the ‘Back to the Future’ films, Daniel Craig’s playing cards from ‘Casino Royale’, props used in the Harry Potter franchise and original production art from the ‘Star Wars’ films. What's more every piece will be available for sale, if you've got some money to burn and fancy putting up sure fire talking point in your living room.