Out and about in February

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

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Martin Parr, West Bay, 1997 © Martin Parr

Get out and about with our extended guide to exhibitions and events taking place across Britain this February. Begin your journey to discover your ancestors at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011 and take advantage of our reader ticket offer, or see the costumes worn by the actors starring in the BBC drama, The Tudors. There's something here for every taste.

 

Pick of the month

 

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011

 

If you’ve ever wondered who your ancestors were, what they looked like, or even secretly hoped that you are related to a famous historical figure, why not come along to Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011, run by BBC Magazines Bristol, and find out how to get started. The event features beginner workshops, as well as sessions for those further along their historical journey. What’s more, in addition to family history experts, there are over 200 exhibitors who could assist your research. You can also hear from TV presenter Monty Don who appeared on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, as he shares his experiences of filming the show, and what it was like to find out about his ancestors.

National Hall, Olympia, London
25–27 February
 

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London

 

Exhibition: Wives and Sweethearts
National Army Museum
FREE ENTRY
9 February–30 July
020 7730 0717
www.national-army-museum.ac.uk

 

Exhibition: Jan Gossaert's Renaissance
National Gallery, London
23 February–30 May
020 7747 2885
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Watercolour
Tate Britain, London
16 February–21 August
020 7887 8888
www.tate.org.uk/britain

 

Lecture: The Second World Wars and Their Clouded Memories – Richard Bosworth
Department of War Studies, King's College London
15 February
www.kcl.ac.uk/warstudies

 

Exhibition: Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children
Imperial War Museum, London
11 February–30 October
020 7416 5000
www.london.iwm.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Food Glorious Food
V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Until 25 April 2011
020 8983 5200
www.vam.ac.uk/moc

 

Exhibition: Life, Legend, Landscape: Victorian Drawings and Watercolours
The Courtauld Gallery, London
17 February–15 May
020 7848 2526
www.courtauld.ac.uk

 

Exhibition: Sexual Nature
Natural History Museum, London
11 February–2 October
020 7942 5000
www.nhm.ac.uk 

 

Exhibition: London Street Photography
Museum of London
FREE ENTRY
18 February–4 September
020 7001 9844
www.museumoflondon.org.uk

 

Event: The Photographers' Gallery Fundraising Auction
Christie’s, South Kensington, London
RSVP ESSENTIAL
17 February
0207 389 2377
www.christies.com

 

Event: 2011 Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair
Science Museum, London
3–6 February
01798 861 815
www.worksonpaperfair.com

 

Exhibition: Michael Landy: Art World Portraits
National Portrait Gallery, London
FREE ENTRY
5 February–11 July
020 7312 2463
www.npg.org.uk

 

Event: Institute of Play
V&A Museum of Childhood, London
FREE ENTRY
3 February
020 8983 5200
www.vam.ac.uk/moc

 

Lecture: From Prehistory to the London Blitz: Foreshore Archaeology and a Rising River
Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, UCL, London
FREE ENTRY
10 February
020 3108 3840
http://events.ucl.ac.uk

 

Exhibition: Phil Collins: Marxism Today
BFI Southbank, London
FREE ENTRY
4 February–3 April
020 7633 0274
www.bfi.org.uk/gallery

 

Exhibition: Journeys
Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham
FREE ENTRY
Until 22 May
020 8831 6000
www.richmond.gov.uk

 

Lecture: Catch-Up History and the Cold War with Professor Lord Peter Hennessy
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London School of Economics
FREE ENTRY
23 February
020 7955 6043
www2.lse.ac.uk

 

Event: Niall Ferguson on the six "killer apps" of Western civilisation
Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London
BOOKING REQUIRED
28 February
020 7792 4830
www.intelligencesquared.com

  


 

South and South East

 

Exhibition: Gladys Deacon
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
12 February27 March
01993 810570
www.blenheimpalace.com

 

Event: Speed Dating Georgian Style
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
BOOKING ESSENTIAL
12 February
02392 727581
www.historicdockyard.co.uk

 

Event: Ghost Walk
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent
PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
18 February
01634 823815
www.thedockyard.co.uk
 

 

Event: Snowdrop Trail at Hever Castle
Hever Castle, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent
20–27 February
01732 865224
www.hevercastle.co.uk

 

Exhibition: The Tudors – Courtly Couture Collection
Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Until 31 March
023 9275 0521
www.maryrose500.org

 

Exhibition: Celebrating 100 Years at Guildford Museum
Guildford Museum, Guildford, Surrey
1 February–26 March
01483 444751
www.guildfordmuseum.co.uk

 

Exhibition: Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years
Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle, Berkshire
12 February 2011–22 January 2012
020 7766 7300
www.royalcollection.org.uk

 

Conference: War, Silence and Memory
Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, Hampshire
9 February
023 9281 9385
www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk

  


 

South West

 

Event: Lunar New Year Extravaganza!
Museum of East Asian Art and the Assembly Rooms, Bath
FREE ENTRY
6 February
01225 464640
www.meaa.org.uk

 

Lecture: The RNLI in Cornwall: Past, Present and Future
National Martime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall
7 February
01326 214546
www.nmmc.co.uk

 

Event: Guild of One-Name Studies – Rogues Seminar
Ruishton Village Hall, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset
12 February
www.one-name.org
 

 


 

East

 

Exhibition: Italian Etchings: The draughtsman’s print
Charrington Print Room, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
FREE ENTRY
22 February–29 August
01223 332900
www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

 

Event: Norwich Dragon Festival
Various locations, Norwich
12–27 February
01603 305575
www.norwich12.co.uk/dragonfestival

 

 


 

Heart of England

 

Exhibition: Communion: Pastels, Paintings & Prints by David Blackburn & Gerhart Frankl
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
Until 30 April
0116 225 4900
www.leicester.gov.uk

 

Exhibition: On Tracks of Iron and Salt: Roman Worcestershire
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Worcester
Until 18 June
01905 25371
www.worcestercitymuseums.org.uk

 

Exhibition: SmallPrint: Big Impression
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
FREE ENTRY
5 February–2 May
0116 225 4900
www.leicester.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries


Event: Roman town house opening
Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, Shropshire
19 February onwards
01743 761330
www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Cloud Nylon – The Jewellery of Nora Fok
The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Until 20 March
01909 501 700
www.harleygallery.co.uk
 

 


 

North East

 

Exhibition: Writers of Influence: From Shakespeare to JK Rowling
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Until 27 March
0191 553 2323
www.twmuseums.org.uk/sunderland

 

Exhibition: Siege and Storm: Civil War in Newcastle
Discovery Museum, Newcastle
12 February–30 October
0191 232 6789
www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery

 

Event: Northern Region Film & Television Archive Free Film Show
Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society
FREE ENTRY
16 February
0191 232 0192
library@litandphil.org.uk
 

 


 

North West

 

Exhibition: Roger Fenton & Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
Until 27 April
01539 446139
www.blackwell.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Manchester China Town Archives Community Exhibition
Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester
FREE ENTRY
5 February–30 June
0161 832 2244
www.mosi.org.uk

 


 

Yorkshire

 

Exhibition: Celebrating Septimius Severus: York's African Emperor
Yorkshire Museum, York
1–27 February
01904 687687
www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Sports Lab: The Science Behind the Medals
Weston Park, Western Bank, Sheffield
FREE ENTRY
Until 20 November
0114 278 2600
www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Henry Moore: Prints and Portfolios
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
3 February–3 April
01279 843 333
www.henry-moore.org
 

 


 

Wales


Lecture: Ancient Greek Homosexuality: Some Current Debates
Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
FREE ENTRY
10 February
029 2039 7951
www.museumwales.ac.uk

 

Exhibition: Jane Bown: Exposures
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University
FREE ENTRY
Until 5 March
01970 622887
www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre
 

 

Exhibition: Faces from Wales
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
FREE ENTRY
5 February–6 March
01792 638950
www.museumwales.ac.uk

 

Lecture: Cockles, Sewin and Laver: The Use of Seafoods in Earlier Prehistoric Wales
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
FREE ENTRY
2 February
029 2039 7951
www.museumwales.ac.uk
 

 


 

Scotland

 

Exhibition: Bell Rock Anniversary
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Until 28 February
0131 623 3700
www.nls.uk

 

Exhibition: John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day
Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow
FREE ENTRY
19 February–2 April
0141 330 5431
www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

 

Lecture: Aberdeen and the Reformation - Archaeology
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
BOOKING ESSENTIAL
16 February
01224 523700
www.aagm.co.uk
 

 


 

Northern Ireland

 

Event: Horse Ploughing and Country Skills Day
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood
19 February
028 9042 8428
www.nmni.com/uftm

 

 


Picture credits: National Army Museum/York Museums Trust/BBC/The Barber Institute of Fine Arts/The University of Birmingham/National Library of Scotland/Manchester Chinese Archive/RJB Bosworth/Imperial War Museum/V&A Museum of Childhood/Hugo Vickers/David Blackburn 2011/Fitzwilliam Museum/MEAA/Courtauld Gallery/Natural History Museum/National Museum of the Royal Navy/Martin Parr/Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London/Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum/Discovery Museum/The Cynthia Corbett Gallery/Henry Moore, Lithograph, 1967/Museums Sheffield/National Museums Wales/New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester/Michael Landy / Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London/ The John Cage Trust/ David Paloch/National Museums Northern Ireland/V&A Museum of Childhood/Frank Hills/Jane Bown/UCL/Courtesy Shady Lane Productions/The Royal Collection/Orleans House Gallery/Hever Castle

 

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.