Out and about in April

Find out what's going on around the UK in April with our events and exhibitions page.

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Endurance in ice © SPRI, University of Cambridge

Find out what's going on around the UK in April with our events and exhibitions page. From an exhibition on the history of polar exploration to museum re-openings in London and Hampshire, as well as a brand new museum opening in Cardiff, there's bound to be something here for every taste.

 

Pick of the month

 

On Thin Ice: Pioneers of Polar Exploration

The National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, ventures into the freezing extremes of the Arctic and Antarctic in this exhibition, which takes a closer look at the historic and modern-day achievements of polar pioneers – from Scott and Shackleton, to Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Pen Hadow. With the help of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and a number of famed polar explorers, the exhibition compares the historic items of explorers both past and present, using photography, artefacts, equipment and personal ephemera to demonstrate their achievements and the extreme elements they were forced to overcome.

 

Exhibition: On Thin Ice: Pioneers of Polar Exploration
National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth
8 April–9 October
01326 313388
www.nmmc.co.uk

 


 

London

 

Exhibition: Women War Artists
Imperial War Museum
FREE ENTRY
9 April–6 January 2012
020 7416 5000
www.london.iwm.org.uk

 

Exhibition: James Watt and Our World
Science Museum
FREE ENTRY
From 23 March onwards
0870 870 4868
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

 

Event: Britain's Greatest General
National Army Museum, Chelsea
9 April
020 7881 6600
www.national-army-museum.ac.uk

 

Exhibition: Census and Society: Why Everyone Counts
British Library
FREE ENTRY
Until 29 May 2011
01937 546060
www.bl.uk

 

Exhibition: The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860–1900
V&A Museum
2 April–17 July
020 7942 2000
www.vam.ac.uk

 

Lecture: My Big Fat Ancient Egyptian Wedding
Petrie Museum of Egypyology, UCL
FREE ENTRY
28 April
020 7679 4138
www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie

 

Exhibition: Absurd Impositions – Drawings by Rebecca Fortnum
V&A Museum of Childhood
FREE ENTRY
9 April–4 September
020 8983 5200
www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

 

Exhibition: The Edge of Expression: The ‘censorship’ of CRW Nevinson’s ‘Paths of Glory’
Imperial War Museum
FREE ENTRY
Until 30 June
www.iwm.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Only Connect
National Portrait Gallery
FREE ENTRY
16 April–27 November
020 7306 0055
www.npg.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Bali: Dancing for the Gods
Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
16 April 2011–8 January 2012
020 8699 1872
www.horniman.ac.uk

 

Event: St George's Day celebrations
Trafalgar Square
FREE ENTRY
23 April
www.londontown.com

 

Talk: Your Very Loving Madeline
The British Postal Museum & Archive, Phoenix Place
FREE ENTRY
21 April
020 7239 2570
http://postalheritage.org.uk/

 

Exhibition: Ivor Abrahams: Mystery and Imagination
Tennant Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts
Until 22 May
020 7300 8000
www.royalacademy.org.uk

 

Event: Fusilier Museum re-opening
Fusilier Museum, Tower of London
From 4 April
www.fusiliermuseumlondon.org 

 

Event: Steve Roud on London folklore
Museum of London
ADVANCED BOOKING REQUIRED

29 April
020 7001 9844
www.museumoflondon.org.uk
 

 


 

South and South East

 

Exhibition: Heracles to Alexander The Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
7 April–29 August
01865 278002
www.ashmolean.org

 

Event: Pepys Show
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
16 & 17 April
02392 727582
www.historicdockyard.co.uk

 

Event: Museum re-opening
Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Open from 6 April onwards
01590 616203
www.bucklershard.co.uk

 

 


 

South West

 

Event: Day School – Bath, World Heritage & the 18th Century
Pump Room, Bath
16 April
01225 477773
www.romanbaths.co.uk

 

Exhibition: Fish, Grit and Guts: Paintings by Bridget Keen
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall
16 April–2 July
01872 272205
www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk


Exhibition: Amateurs and Artists: Early Photography and Plymouth
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth
9 April–30 July
01752 304774
www.plymouth.gov.uk


Exhibition: Battlegroup Afghanistan – The Armoured Soldiers Story
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset
9 April onwards
01929 405096
www.tankmuseum.org
 

 


 

East

 

Exhibition: Treasure Under Your Feet
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
FREE ENTRY
Until 4 September
01223 332900
www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk


Exhibition: Margaret Catchpole and Cobbold Family Display – Inaugural Weekend
Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, Ipswich
FREE ENTRY
8–10 April
01473 252435
www.ipswich.gov.uk
 

 


 

Heart of England

 

Exhibition: Wool Work: A Sailor's Art
Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire
Until 5 June 2011
01926 645500
www.comptonverney.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Vital Statistics of Lace
Pickford's House Museum – Museum of Georgian Life and Historic Costume, Derby
FREE ENTRY
24 April–7 August
01332 715181
www.derby.gov.uk

 

Event: Easter 1940s Weekend
24–25 April
Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock
01773 854321
www.tramway.co.uk

 

Event: Military Book Fair
National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire
9 April
01325 487274
www.pbfa.org

 

Permanent exhibition: Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
From 16 April
0116 225 4900
www.leicester.gov.uk

 

Event: Unveiling of New Aviation Memorial
Halam, Nottinghamshire
10 April
http://www.halam.org.uk/home.htm

 

 


 

North East

 

Event: Great North Steam Fair
Beamish Museum, County Durham
14–17 April
0191 370 4000
www.beamish.org.uk

 

Exhibition: John Stainer: A Life in Music
Wolfson Gallery, Palace Green Library, Durham University
Until 8 May
0191 334 2932
www.dur.ac.uk

 

 


 

North West

 

Exhibition: Baghdad, 5 March 2007
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
FREE ENTRY
16 April 2011–15 April 2012
0161 836 4000
http://north.iwm.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Sheila Fell
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria
8 April–25 June
01539 722464
www.abbothall.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Blackwell Within: A Photographic Exploration
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
29 April–10 July
01539 446139
www.blackwell.org.uk
 

 


 

Yorkshire

 

Event: Museum Grand Opening
Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, Murton, York
2–3 April
01904 489966
www.murtonpark.co.uk

 

Event: Standedge Tunnel's 200th birthday party
Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre, Marsden, Huddersfield
2–3 April
01484 844298
www.standedge.co.uk

 

 


 

Wales

 

Exhibition: Creu Hanes
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff
FREE ENTRY
9 April 2011–31 March 2012
029 2057 3500
www.museumwales.ac.uk

 

Museum opening: The Cardiff Story
The Old Library, Cardiff
FREE ENTRY
From 1 April onwards
029 2078 8334
www.cardiffstory.com

 


 

Scotland

 

Exhibition: Land Girls and Lumber Jills
National Museum of Costume, Dumfries
1 April–31 October
0300 123 6789
www.nms.ac.uk
 

 


 

Northern Ireland

 

Lecture: The Legacy of Takabuti
Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum, Belfast
3 April
028 9044 0017
www.nmni.com

 

Got an historical exhibition or event happening in your area? Email Charlotte Hodgman with the details and we'll do our best to include it in our online listings.