Out and about this weekend

Your guide to what’s on around Britain this weekend

NRM Pictorial Collection - Science and Society Picture Library

Alice Lloyd brings together a selection of the most interesting and exciting historical events and activities for this weekend. There is plenty to do in anticipation of this summer’s Olympic Games in London, while other events include an exhibition on the Bronze Age, an archaeology lecture, and a lace making demonstration. Whatever your age or interests, you won’t be bored this weekend. 




Exhibition: Titanic documents
Bank of England Museum, London
Until 10 November 2012

Marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, The Bank of England Museum is displaying, for the first time ever, this collection of documents relating to the disaster. The bank received claims from relatives and survivors for replacement of bank notes which had been lost with the ship.


Exhibition: The Horse: From Arabia to Royal Ascot
The British Museum, London
Until 30 September 2012

This exhibition will take you on a journey through the last 5,000 years, focusing on the story of two breeds of horse: the Arabian and the Thoroughbred. Consisting of a range of objects and artefacts, the exhibition tells the story of the connection between man and horse.


Exhibition: The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned
Hampton Court Palace
Until 30 September 2012

Portraits of Charles II’s favourite mistresses come together to create this exhibition all about love, lust, power, and the meaning of beauty in the late Stuart era.



South and South East


Exhibition: Shipwrecks and Rescues
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham
5–10 June 2012

Explore the work of the RNLI and experience the drama of real-life rescues. All the family can take part in creating and testing their own lifeboat in the simulation tank, and meet the RNLI’s mascot, Stormy Stan.





Exhibition: The Edge of Beyond: Paintings from the Antarctic by Dafila Scott
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge
Until 30 June 2012
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A century after Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s final expedition, his granddaughter, Dafila Scott, spent a month travelling down the Antarctic Peninsula with HMS Scott, as artist in residence. Here, you can view the collection of her paintings from this trip, which aim to illustrate the fascinating atmosphere of the Antarctic.


Children’s event: Time Travellers Go… Royal
Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
6–10 June 2012

Continue the royal festivities with this fun day for the children. The royal-themed event will get the kids involved in games and crafts, and even meet some famous royal characters of the past.



South West


Exhibition: Going for Bronze
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Postbridge, Devon
Until 30 September 2012

This exhibition looks closely at the transition from stone to bronze tools, specifically on Dartmoor, and how this change affected life between 2,300 BC and 700 BC. The event is in partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Event: Fighting Knights and the Legend of King Arthur
Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
7–8 June 2012

The castle comes to life this weekend with live displays and weaponry demonstrations at this event, which includes tales of battles told by the knights themselves. Tintagel Castle also provides much opportunity to discover more about the legend of King Arthur.



Heart of England


Lecture: Discovering Leicestershire Archaeology: Mercian, Viking and Norman
Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester
10 June 2012

One of a series of six lectures by former county archaeologist for Leicestershire, Peter Liddle MBE.


Exhibition: Royalty on the Road
Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry
Until 10 June 2012

Why not celebrate the diamond jubilee year with a visit to this exhibition of cars and vehicles owned and used by British royalty? The exhibition plays host to a selection of the finest automobiles.



North West


Exhibition: From Rossetti to Voysey: Arts & Crafts Stamped Cloth Book Cover Design
Blackwell, The Arts and Craft House, Cumbria
Until 15 July 2012

This exhibition showcases books with case-bound cloth covers published between 1866 and 1911 by commercial publishers. The covers were all designed by well-known artists and designers, such as DG Rossetti, William Morris and Walter Crane.


Exhibition: A Public Affair: 130 Years of Fine Art Collecting at the Harris
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Until 15 September 2012

A Public Affair celebrates 130 years of Harris’ art collection – from the laying of the foundation stone in 1882 to the present day. Harris has continuously kept an eye out for new works by current artists, but maintains its historical relevance. This exhibition takes you on a journey beginning in the 19th century, through the 20th century, and up to the present day.



North East


Exhibition: 1212: The Making of the City
Yorkshire Museum, York
Until February 2013

The medieval exhibition features treasures from across the city, marking the 800th anniversary of the city’s independence from the crown. The celebration features the museum’s own ‘star objects’, the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, films, and performances of York’s Mystery Plays in August.

Between the 7–10 June, take part in The Miracle of Ouse Bridge. Get involved in making a large scale 12th-century Ouse Bridge and learn of its collapse in 1153.





Exhibition: The Winner Takes It All: Rome and the Games of Zeus

National Roman Legion Museum, Newport
Until 30 November 2012

Discover the legend of the Ancient Olympic Games and how they influenced the Olympic Games we know today. The exhibition explains how the Romans influenced the Greek Games, and even why the winners wore a crown of olive wreaths.


Event: South Wales Lace Makers
St Fagan’s National History Museum, Cardiff
9 June

To mark their 30th anniversary, the bobbin lace makers will be demonstrating their craft for visitors to drop by and see in action.





Exhibition: See Scotland by Train
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Until 24 June 2012

See Scotland by Train explores the changing face of rail travel in Scotland over the past 100 years. The posters and artworks feature drama and scenery, and present a varied view of what it has meant to travel by rail in Scotland.


Talk and book signing: Scottish Medicine: An Illustrated History
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
11 June 2012

David Hamilton and Iain Macintyre, two of the five authors of Scottish Medicine: An Illustrated History, lead this talk on the Scottish history of medicine, detailing how many prominent Scots transformed medicine not only in Scotland, but worldwide. The talk is based on the book, and the pair will be signing copies afterwards.



Northern Ireland


Exhibition: TITANICa: The People’s Story
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Nr. Belfast

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum invites you to step back 100 years in time to discover the world of the Titanic, in the home of the ship herself. People’s daily routines, activities and stories are recreated, and you can even make your way to the printers to buy your own ticket for the Titanic.



Alice Lloyd is reading English Literature and Linguistics at the University of the West of England

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