The Victoria and Albert Museum to reopen on 6 August 2020

Following one of the most significant closures in the museum’s history, the V&A has announced that it will reopen its doors to visitors on 6 August 2020.

Initially opening Thursday to Sunday each week, the V&A will reopen in phases. From 6 August 2020, visitors will able to enjoy all of the ground floor collection galleries including the iconic Medieval & Renaissance Gallery, the monumental Cast Courts, the stunning artefacts of The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art and the much-loved Fashion Gallery, as well as the Europe 1600–1815 galleries on lower ground floor.

To coincide with the August Bank Holiday weekend, the first and second floor collection galleries will reopen on 27 August, including the ever-popular The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, Theatre & Performance Galleries, and the Photography Centre as well as our Paintings, Tapestries and Silver Galleries. The critically acclaimed exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which closed just two weeks into its run, has now been extended and will reopen on 27 August – 25 October alongside the museum’s Filthy Lucre installation.

A number of measures will be in place across the V&A to ensure that the museum is a safe, relaxing and inspiring place for visitors, staff and volunteers. Free timed tickets will be introduced to ensure that visitors can freely explore and discover the wonders of the V&A’s collection within a socially distanced environment. Further details on how we are preparing the V&A for reopening and the range of safety measures that are in place, from screens to sanitiser, can be found on the V&A website.

Alongside an extensive range of content and information, visitors will be able to go online and use the V&A’s digital map to make the most of their visit. In addition, from 3 August three self-guided trails, available on the V&A website, will explore highlights from the collection, the building’s architecture, and a selection of family favourites. The trails will link through to further online content including articles and videos to learn more about our collection pre or post visit. As the museum’s first and second floor galleries reopen from 27 August, additional trails, including a digital version of the museum’s African Heritage Tour and its LGBTQ Tour, will also be available.

The V&A’s forthcoming programme and opening dates for the next nine months are as follows:

Bags: Inside Out – 21 November 2020 – 12 September 2021
Epic Iran – 13 February – 30 August 2021
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – 27 March – 31 December 2021

Timed tickets to see the museum’s permanent collection and Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk are now available from the V&A website. Tickets for Bags: Inside Out will launch in August, and Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser and Epic Iran will launch in later 2020.

The Renaissance Watercolours exhibition will now be reimagined as a free display, opening November 2020 and presenting rare examples from the museum’s collection.

The reopening of the museum will see the delivery of major FuturePlan projects over the coming months. The museum’s stunning Raphael Court will reopen on 14 November, following a major redevelopment that includes full redecoration, state-of-the-art lighting and new digital interpretation. Visitors will be able to zoom in on the Cartoons, loaned to the V&A by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, to reveal the texture and detail of the paintings like never before. The gallery houses some of the most significant Renaissance works in the UK and its relaunch will mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death.

Design: 1900–Now on the museum’s second floor, will open February 2021 and feature over a century of works from the V&A’s world-leading collection of modern and contemporary design including Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir’s iconic British Road Sign and the Mae West lips sofa by Salvador Dali. The gallery will explore the history of design and its impact on how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume as well as providing a new home for the museum’s celebrated Rapid Response Collection.

Opening hours:

From 6 August, the V&A will be open Thursday to Sunday each week from 11am to 3pm. From 27 August opening hours will be extended to 11am to 7pm. Free timed tickets to visit the museum’s collection will be release on a monthly basis. Keep in touch with us on social media, or check our website for the latest information.

Collection Galleries

Permanent collection galleries open from 6 August: Buddhism (The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art), Sculpture (The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries), Fashion, Islamic Middle East (The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art), Japan (The Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art), China (T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art), Korea, Cast Courts, Medieval & Renaissance, Europe 1600–1815.

Additional permanent collection galleries open from 27 August: Medieval and Renaissance (300–1600), Britain (1500–1760), Sacred Silver, Gold, Silver & Mosaics (The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries), Paintings, Tapestries, Prints and Drawings (The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery), Jewellery (The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery), Theatre & Performance, Photography Centre, Ironwork, Sculpture (The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries).

V&A South Kensington

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

The ultimate symbol of Japan, the kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging. Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk counters this conception, presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion. The exhibition reveals the sartorial and social significance of the kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. Rare 17th- and 18th-century kimono are displayed for the first time in the UK, together with fashions by major designers and iconic film and performance costumes. The kimono’s recent reinvention on the streets of Japan is also explored through work by an exciting new wave of contemporary designers and stylists.

Filthy Lucre

Filthy Lucre is an immersive installation by contemporary American artist Darren Waterston, presenting a detailed reimagining of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room – the sumptuous 19th-century dining room once housed just a stone’s throw away from the V&A and now installed at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Waterston has faithfully recreated each of the room’s individual elements with a twist, with the installation revealing a magnificent ruin crumbling under the weight of material decadence and the egos of those involved in its creation.

Bags: Inside Out

The UK’s most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the ultimate accessory. From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, the exhibition will explore our longstanding fascination with the bag. Featuring innovative designs from Mulberry to Karl Lagerfeld, bags carried by Vivien Leigh to Sarah Jessica Parker, the heritage of Hermès to the streetwear of Off-White, and an exclusive look inside the world of the factory and atelier; Bags: Inside Out provides an unprecedented look at this global obsession.

Epic Iran

Epic Iran will explore 5000 years of art, design and culture, bringing together 300 objects from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran. It will be the UK’s first major exhibition on Iranian art and culture in more than 90 years that presents an overarching narrative from 3000 BCE to the present day. From sculpture, ceramics and carpets, to textiles, photography and film, the exhibition will comprise rarely seen objects from the V&A alongside international loans and significant private collections, including The Sarikhani Collection. Revealing new discoveries, this landmark exhibition will offer a fresh perspective on a country that is so often seen through a different lens in the news. Epic Iran will shine a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will celebrate one of the most iconic, imaginative and inspiring stories of all time. Offering an immersive and mind-bending journey down the rabbit hole, this fantastical exhibition will explore Alice in Wonderland’s origins, adaptations and reinventions over 158 years, charting its evolution from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

Raphael Court
The Raphael Cartoons are loaned to the V&A by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. The redevelopment of the Raphael Court is supported by Lydia and Manfred Gorvy, Julia and Hans Rausing, American Express, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, the American Friends of the V&A, and many other generous donors.

For more information and tickets, visit the V & A website here

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The Natural History Museum to re-open Wednesday 5 August 2020

 

Following an almost five-month long closure, the longest period since the second world war, the Natural History Museum is throwing open the doors to its world-famous building in South Kensington from Wednesday 5 August. The Museum will initially re-open on Wednesdays to Sundays only and from 11am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm).

New measures will be in place to ensure staff and visitors can have a safe and enjoyable experience. To help manage the number of people in the Museum at any one time, capacity will be significantly reduced. It will be essential to book a free timed ticket in advance online at nhm.ac.uk or by phone. Museum Members and Patrons will have priority booking 48 hours before it opens to the public; they will also benefit from fast-track entry.

The vast majority of the Museum’s galleries will be open alongside its five-acre gardens. Strolls, picnicking, exploring pondlife and wildlife watching are all encouraged. Food and drink will be available to purchase either as takeaways or to enjoy at socially distanced seating. Transactions will be contactless where possible, but cash will be accepted.

The Museum’s popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is planned to open in October with brand new winning images to captivate audiences. The Museum’s Ice Rink is set to also open in October with new measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for skaters.

The major new exhibition, Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, the result of a creative partnership between the Museum, the BBC and Warner Bros. will continue to be created on-site with the aim of welcoming guests to experience it this winter; more news on an opening date will be shared imminently.

Both the Museum’s main entrance on Cromwell Road and its Exhibition Road entrances will be open.

Invitation to local community groups

In recognition that many of our local audiences will have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19 we will be reaching out and working with local community organisations who are supporting families and young people who live in the surrounding boroughs to extend a special and exclusive visit offer.

Safety First
The Museum has achieved Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard by demonstrating adherence to the respective Government and public health guidance and the implementation of new safety measures.

Limiting visitor numbers will allow visitors to keep a safe distance from people who are not in the same household. Friendly and trained staff will be on hand to support visitors to have a great time and stay safe.

Hands-free hand sanitiser will be available at all entrances, cafes, shops, toilets, lifts and in the largest gallery spaces. Multiple toilet facilities across the site will be open with clear 2-metre queuing signage in place.

Acrylic protection panels will be in place in cafes, shops, visitor information and ticketing stations and staff who are not based behind these will be issued with face coverings.

We are recommending that all visitors wear a face covering during their visit and this will be made clear at the point of booking a timeslot. Additional reusable and washable face coverings will be available for purchase in the shops.

The vast majority of galleries will be open. Visitors will be able to plan their visit in advance with new online itineraries.

Lifts will be available for anyone with access needs and cloakroom facilities will be limited initially to large luggage items.

South Kensington site to open Wednesday 5 August – Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am-6pm

The Natural History Museum at Tring to open Wednesday 5 August – seven days a week

Admission remains free. To ensure a safe experience it is essential for visitors to book a timed slot online at nhm.ac.uk

The Natural History Museum at Tring
The Museum at Tring will also re-open on Wednesday 5 August, seven days a week: Free admission tickets will need to be booked in advance online. With numbers strictly capped to a very low capacity, visitors will be able to freely explore the Museum as they choose or follow the self-guided tours and activity trails. The majority of our permanent galleries will be open; the temporary exhibition space and the Rothschild Room will be closed initially as social distancing is harder to maintain in these areas.

The Digital Museum

For those unable to visit the Museum buildings just yet, digital offerings allows visitors to browse millions of specimens from the collection, take a virtual tour, participate in citizen science and access learning resources online.

Highlights include: an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale; audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough; activity ideas to try at home or in local outdoor spaces and the popular Nature Live Online interactive discussions featuring topical content with scientists and cutting-edge research.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the National History Museum website here

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The Queen’s official residences to reopen to the public from 23 July 2020

 

The Royal Collection Trust have announced that Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh, as well as Royal Collection Trust shops, will reopen to the public on Thursday, 23 July 2020.

To cater for the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff, the attractions have introduced a number of measures to ensure that the Palaces, Galleries and shops can reopen safely and visitors can return with confidence.

These include:

The introduction of timed tickets at all sites in order to manage visitor numbers.

Visitors must book tickets in advance through http://www.rct.uk/tickets as capacities will be limited.

Markers and signs to help visitors maintain social distancing, with staff on hand to manage the flow of visitors in queuing areas and indoor spaces.

The introduction of one-way routes in some areas.

Hand sanitiser stations along the visitor routes.

Enhanced cleaning regimes.

Perspex screens at all till points, with payment by card only.

All front-of-house staff fully trained in COVID-secure procedures.

With these measures in place, Royal Collection Trust has acquired the ‘We’re Good to Go’ Industry Standard mark, recognised by VisitEngland and VisitScotland.

The Palaces, Galleries and shops will open five days a week for the foreseeable future, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Café at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will also open five days a week, initially offering takeaway service only.

 

The Exhibition Programme at The Queen’s Galleries

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

George IV: Art & Spectacle has been extended until 1 November 2020. The exhibition explores the life and collecting of arguably the most magnificent, and certainly the most flamboyant of British monarchs.

This will be followed by the new exhibition Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, 11 December 2020 – February 2022, which brings together some of the most important paintings in the Royal Collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Japan: Courts and Culture, originally due to open in June 2020, is now expected to open in Spring 2022.

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent, 23 July 2020 – 31 January 2021, presents the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings of South Asian paintings and manuscripts.

This will be followed by Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, 5 March – 5 September 2021, exploring Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s enthusiastic collecting and commissioning of watercolour paintings to record their public and private lives.

 

Reopening dates and opening hours

Windsor Castle: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 10:00 – 17:15 (last admission 16:00)

Palace of Holyroodhouse: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 09:30 – 18:00 (last admission 16:30)

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 11:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:00)

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 11:00 – 18:30 (last admission 17:15)

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 09:30 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Revised exhibition programme

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

George IV: Art & Spectacle: 23 July – 1 November 2020

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace: 11 December 2020 – February 2022

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent: 23 July 2020 – 31 January 2021

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour: 5 March – 5 September 2021

The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, Frogmore House and Clarence House will not open to the public this summer, owing to the operational challenges of social distancing.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Collection website here

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Our House to Your House – July 2020 Royal Opera House Highlights

 

The Royal Opera House continues with its OurHouseToYourHouse programme, featuring free online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural highlights that can be accessed by audiences anywhere, anytime.

The ROH will be making available three new productions in our series of free weekly broadcasts available on Facebook and YouTube every Friday at 7pm:

Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet, 2019 – 10 July, 7pm BST

Faust, The Royal Opera, 2019 – 17 July, 7pm BST

The Sleeping Beauty, 2020 – 24 July, 7pm BST

Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. Performed more than four hundred times by The Royal Ballet, it has become a classic of the Company’s repertory. Sergey Prokofiev’s iconic score and Nicholas Georgiadis magnificent designs bring the passionate Shakespearean tragedy to life. The 2019 recording stars Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet, Matthew Ball as Romeo, Valentino Zucchetti as Mercutio, Benjamin Ella as Benvolio, Gary Avis as Tybalt and Nicol Edmonds as Paris. Pavel Sorokin conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s Faust tells the story of the aged philosopher Faust who makes a bargain with the devil Méphistophélès: in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, Faust will surrender his soul to the devil. The 2019 recording stars Michael Fabiano as Faust, Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès and Irina Lungu as Marguerite. The Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are conducted by Dan Ettinger.

The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of the classic fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty brings to life the world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells. The Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II with The Sleeping Beauty and in 2006 Monica Mason and Christopher Newton restored the original staging. With choreography by Marius Petipa, additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon and a masterful score by Tchaikovsky, the 2020 recording stars Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora, Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund, Kristen McNally as Carabosse and Gina Storm-Jensen as the Lilac Fairy. Simon Hewett conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

On Friday 10 July at 7pm, BBC Four will screen Royal Opera House: The Reopening in which Anita Rani, Katie Derham and Antonio Pappano will introduce highlights from the three Live from Covent Garden concerts. The 90-minute programme will include the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Morgen performed by Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales, Vadim Muntagirov’s performance of Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, the central pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto performed by Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke and a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour performed by Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball. Also featured are performances of classic opera arias and songs by Gerald Finley, Louise Alder, Toby Spence, David Butt Philip, Sarah Connolly and the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists, alongside musicians from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera House’s Create and Learn series continues to offer free home learning resources for families around the globe to explore the magical world of theatre from home. This week’s theme is ‘Transformations’ and our virtual classroom invites children and young people to make their own potion bottle, inspired by The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

As part of its Opera on 3 series, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast The Royal Opera’s performance of Richard Strauss’s Elektra (2013) with Christine Goerke in the title role on Saturday 4 July at 6.30pm. This will be followed by The Royal Opera’s performance of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2016) as the Opera Matinee on Thursday 9 July at 2pm. Currently available on demand on BBC Sounds are The Royal Opera’s performances of Szymanowski’s King Roger (2015), Dvořák’s Rusalka (2012), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2013) and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (2014).

For more information, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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Tate to Reopen all its Galleries on 27 July 2020

Tate today announced that it plans to reopen all four of its galleries on 27 July 2020. People will once again be able to visit the national collection of art on display at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Guided by the latest official advice, Tate is currently working hard on its preparations to welcome the public back to its galleries. To manage numbers and ensure everyone can keep a safe distance from each other, all visitors, including Members, will need to book a timed ticket online in advance. Tickets will be available from next week at tate.org.uk alongside the latest information and guidance on how to visit.

As well as the collection displays at all four Tate galleries, Tate Modern will reopen with Andy Warhol and Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission Fons Americanus and Tate Britain will reopen with Aubrey Beardsley and Steve McQueen’s Year 3 installation.

As a result of the closure, some of Tate’s upcoming exhibition programme has been modified. This autumn, Tate Britain will open Turner’s Modern World and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, while Tate Modern will open Zanele Muholi and Bruce Nauman. Some exhibitions have been rescheduled to 2021, with new dates to be announced in due course. Talks, workshops, performances and film screenings will be replaced with a new programme of online events for the duration of this year.

TATE MODERN EXHIBITION PROGRAMME

ANDY WARHOL
UNTIL 6 SEP 2020

HYUNDAI COMMISSION: KARA WALKER FONS AMERICANUS
UNTIL 8 NOV 2020

BRUCE NAUMAN
7 OCT 2020 – 21 FEB 2021

ZANELE MUHOLI
5 NOV 2020 – 14 MAR 2021

TATE BRITAIN EXHIBITION PROGRAMME

AUBREY BEARDSLEY
UNTIL 20 SEP 2020

STEVE MCQUEEN YEAR 3
UNTIL 31 JAN 2021

TURNER’S MODERN WORLD
28 OCT 2020 – 7 MAR 2021

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE
18 NOV 2020 – 9 MAY 2021

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Modern website here

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The Royal Academy to reopen to the public on Thursday 16 July 2020

The Royal Academy has announced that it will reopen to the public on Thursday 16 July. The RA has been closed for nearly 4 months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The RA will open in phases, initially for 4 days a week: Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm and the exhibition, Picasso and Paper has been extended until Sunday 2 August.

The RA will be following government advice on health and safety as a minimum, with additional measures and standards also in place. This will include:

• Social distancing throughout the RA

• Compulsory wearing of a face covering for staff and visitors

• Multiple sanitisation stations throughout the RA

• Operating a cashless system

• Operating a one-way system throughout the building

Royal Academy Dates and Opening Hours

Early access for RA Friends: Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 July 2020
11am – 4pm daily (last admission 3.30pm)

Open to public: Thursday 16 July – Sunday 2 August 2020
Thursday to Sundays only

11am – 4pm daily (last admission 3.30pm)

Future phases of reopening beyond Sunday 2 August 2020, including opening dates and hours, will be confirmed in due course.

Exhibitions

Picasso and Paper
Main Galleries
Until 2 August 2020

Gauguin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries
7 August – 18 October 2020

Summer Exhibition 2020
Main Galleries
6 October 2020 – 3 January 2021

Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries
15 November 2020 – 28 February 2021

Exhibition postponements

Marina Abramović: postponed until autumn 2021 (exact dates to be announced)
RA Schools Show 2020: postponed to June 2021(exact dates to be announced)

Exhibition cancellations

Angelica Kauffman
Cezanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

For more information and tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

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The National Gallery to re-open on 8 July 2020

After an unprecedented 111 days with its doors closed, the National Gallery will start welcoming visitors again on Wednesday 8 July – the first major national art museum to reopen in the UK after the coronavirus shutdown.

The Gallery have made the decision to reopen based on government guidelines and have made some changes to the Gallery that make visitor and staff safety a priority. In line with best practice, all visits will be booked online and in advance. This is to help manage the number of people in the Gallery, limit queueing and reduce contact.

Entrance will be via the Sainsbury Wing Entrance and exit through the Getty Entrance; there will be 2m social distancing measures in place throughout the Gallery. As part of the new safety measures, three one-way art routes to guide visitors through different areas of the collection.

The acclaimed Titian: Love, Desire, Death exhibition, that had to close after just 3 days, will also reopen and has been extended until 17 January 2021. Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age has also been extended, until 20 September 2020.

In order to achieve an enhanced cleaning regime. The Gallery have installed higher efficiency filters in the air-conditioning system throughout the Gallery and are increasing the flow of fresh air. Perspex protection panels will be in place at Ticket and Information desks, along with the shop and café counters too, and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer at regular intervals throughout the building. For added reassurance that the National Gallery is a safe place to work and visit, the Gallery have provided personal protective equipment for our staff (including face masks, gloves and eye protection) and they are also recommending that all visitors wear a face covering during their visit.

The Gallery will still be open 7-days a week, there will be shorter opening hours to begin with (daily 11am-4pm, Friday 11am-9pm), and a reduced maximum capacity for visitors. The Getty Shop will be open, as will the National Café which will have a takeaway offer.

There are many exciting new things to see in the Gallery as it re-opens:

Room 32 – the Gallery’s largest and one of the most visited rooms displaying 17th-century Italian paintings by artists including Caravaggio, Artemisia and Orazio Gentileschi, Guido Reni and Guercino – will reopen after a 21-month refurbishment project, as the Julia and Hans Rausing Room.

• A number of newly-acquired paintings – Liotard’s The Lavergne Family Breakfast (1754), Gainsborough’s Portrait of Margaret Gainsborough holding a Theorbo (about 1777) and our very first Sorolla (The Drunkard, Zaraúz, 1910).

• The newly restored Equestrian Portrait of Charles I by Van Dyck (about 1637/8) will be back on show in Room 21 after more than two years. This monumental work (measuring 367 × 292.1 cm) has been off display since September 2017 undergoing conservation.

• Some new and ambitious hangs in the Dutch and British collections, including the two works by Turner (Dido building Carthage (1815) and Sun rising through Vapour (before 1807)) that are always hung together with A Seaport (1644) and The Mill (1648) by Claude in accordance with Turner’s will, relocated from Room 15 to the dramatic setting of the Barry Rooms.

Admission and tickets

There are three ways to book a visit at http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

• Members go free to Titian and our other exhibitions

• Gallery entry + Titian (visit our 5-star Titian: Love, Desire, Death exhibition and see our collection)

• Gallery entry (a free ticket to see our collection and Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age)

Art routes

• Route A – See some of the earliest works in the collection including Botticelli, van Eyck, Leonardo, Memling, Michelangelo, Raphael, Piero and Uccello.

• Route B – Travel from Venice to the English countryside and see artists including Bronzino, Canaletto, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Holbein, Monet, Seurat, Turner and Van Gogh.

• Route C – Witness dramatic candlelit moments and contemplate serene interior scenes and see artist including Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet, Seurat, Turner and Van Gogh.

A few rooms will not be open, in particular the smaller cabinet rooms.

For more information, visit the National Gallery website here

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ZSL London Zoo reopens to the public – June 15th 2020

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

Visitors arrived at ZSL London Zoo on Monday 15 June 2020 to enjoy the official reopening of the attraction, three months after it closed to the public for the first time since WW2.

Lucky visitors who secured one of the 2,000 sold-out tickets to the reopening formed a socially-distanced queue to enter the iconic 36 acre park, before safely following one of three mapped out nature routes laid out across the site.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

Standing 2 metres apart, the public enjoyed visiting the Zoo’s popular zoo residents, including Critically Endangered Western lowland gorillas Mjukuu, Effie, Gernot and Alika, Sumatran tiger Asim and Asiatic lions Heidi, Indi, Rubi and Bhanu alongside the lively Humboldt penguin colony at Penguin Beach.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

The Zoo is limiting visitors to 2,000 people per day, with pre-booked tickets only. A one-way system is in place, with three prescribed routes ensuring guests remain socially-distanced, while getting to explore the whole zoo. Catering outlets are takeaway only, and all payments will be contactless. Some indoor exhibits, including the Reptile House and BUGS House will remain closed for now.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo will carry on fundraising to recoup the charity’s lost income for the three month period.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

Safety measures introduced:

All visitors must book tickets in advance

Contactless entry

Limited to 2,000 visitors per day, split into morning and afternoon slots

Takeaway food only available

2m distancing markers in place around the zoo

Three one-way trails to keep visitors flowing in the same direction

Handwashing facilities and sanitiser available throughout the zoo

Outdoor benches and tables cleaned throughout the day

Animal talks have been suspended to avoid gathering crowds

Indoor and walkthrough exhibits such as the Reptile House will not yet be accessible to the public.

For more information or book tickets, visit the London Zoo website here

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Late at Home with Severndroog Castle – June 2020

Many cultural organisations are using the present situation and restrictions to develop their online presence, Severndroog Castle are continuing their Late at Home series with a couple of events over the next two weeks, Phil Burchell, vocals and guitar, presents ‘Acoustic – Unplugged’ and quiz master Ben Newell presents the first ever online Severndroog Castle Quiz on Saturday 20 June.

Guesting on Friday 12 June at 8pm, Phil Burchell, vocals and guitar, promises an eclectic performance direct to your home. He’ll be singing blues, ragtime, jazz/swing, folk (AmericanandEnglish)and ballards some self-penned. Phil has mostly performed on the folk club scene: locally (with Ric Cecconi, bass, as one of the Back Room Boys, and with the Back Room Band) at Orpington and Dartford Folk Clubs, and at Folk and Blues nights at the Bob Hope Theatre Bar, Eltham.

Canadian singer and songwriter, Markus Michelucci, guitar, vocals and harmonica guests direct to your home on Friday 19 June at 8pm. Performing a mixture of folk, classic rock and pop music, both his own compositions and cover songs, he’ll be joined by Kaveh Dezfuli, guitar and bass for some songs.

History enthusiast and local pub quiz master @TheBenReview hosts the first ever Severndroog Castle Quiz! In this Late at Home, you can enjoy a traditional pub quiz on the 20th June.

For more details and other offers, go to the Severndroog website here

Severndroog is a tower built in the 18thcentury situated in Castle Wood in the Oxleas Woodlands in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Built on Shooters Hill, one of the highest points in the city, the viewing platform boasts some of the most spectacular views in London. This folly was restored in 2013 and is preserved by the Sevendroog Castle Preservation Trust.

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Disease X exhibition online version from the Museum of London

Like many other London museums, the Museum of London has shifted focus to bring first-class online content to visitors at home while our physical doors are closed. A primary strand of this digital programming is publishing objects and stories from some of the museum’s most popular exhibitions from both past and present. The latest instalment of this programme launches with the temporary exhibition Disease X: London’s next epidemic?, originally open between November 2018 and March 2019, now available online.

London, like the rest of the world has been affected in unprecedented ways by the current Covid-19 crisis, but it’s not the first time a virus has hit the capital. London has been affected by many epidemics and pandemics over the centuries including plague, cholera, smallpox, influenza and HIV/AIDS. The opening of Disease X in 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the second and most deadly wave of the so-called ‘Spanish Flu’.

Using the Museum of London’s collections, new historical research and interviews with public health experts and epidemiologists the exhibition explored if the city might be at risk from an unknown ‘Disease X’ as the World Health Organisation called it.

The Disease X digital exhibition shares the stories, objects and words of the original display to demonstrate what the past can tell us about historical maladies, their impact on London and its people and the different methods used to fight back. Some of which include the mourning dress worn by Queen Victoria to mark the shock passing of her grandson Prince Albert Victor due to ‘Russian Flu’, a 17th century pomander used to waft away the foul smells thought to cause diseases like the plague and a poster advertising ‘Flu-Mal’, which dubiously claimed to combat both influenza and malaria.

This exhibition is an important reminder and puts into context that disease has been a constant part of the ‘London story’ and has led to a series of medical advances, the original exhibition asked the question, when would be the next epidemic ? Unfortunately we did not have to wait long with the arrival of the coronavirus.

If you would like further information, visit the Museum of London website here

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