Autumn in Bloomsbury, London

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Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds
South Africa: The Art Of A Nation
Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line
 

 

Home to the British Museum, British Library and the Wellcome Collection, there's always a great selection of exhibitions on throughout Bloomsbury. Here LondonTown.com lists the best events taking place in the neighbourhood during autumn.

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Charles Dickens Museum

Visit the home of the famous Victorian author.

48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2LX

Tube: Russell Square Station

 
 

Charles Dickens brought London to life with his imaginative depictions of city life and his fascination and passion for the foggy Victorian streets have inspired two centuries of readers. His iconic characters such as Fagin, Scrooge, Guppy, Artful Dodger and Magwitch have seeped into London's historical fabric and his fictional scenes have ingrained themselves in our everyday culture. The Charles Dickens Museum is the world's most important collection of material relating to the great novelist and social commentator. The 48 Doughty Street property is the only surviving London home of Dickens (from 1837 until 1839), author of such classics as 'Oliver Twist', 'A Christmas Carol' and 'David Copperfield'. The museum was opened here in 1925 and is still welcoming visitors from all over the world to its authentic surroundings. On four floors, visitors can see paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture and many items relating to the life of one of the most popular and beloved personalities of the Victorian Age.
 
 

 
 
 

Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds

The museum's first large-scale exhibition of underwater discoveries.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 19th May - 27th November 2016

 

The British Museum hosts its first large-scale exhibition of underwater discoveries in 2016, focusing on two lost Egyptian cities and their recent discovery by archaeologists. The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds will run for an extended six months and showcase how the exploration of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus - submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for over a thousand years - is transforming our understanding of the relation between ancient Egypt and the Greek world, highlighting the great importance of these ancient cities. The exhibition will bring together 300 objects, 200 of which have been excavated off the coast of Egypt between 1996 and 2012. Extraordinary sculptures on display include a 5.4m granite statue of Hapy, a personification of the Nile's flood, and the the headless sculpture from Canopus representing Arsinoe II, the eldest daughter of Ptolemy I.

 
 
 

South Africa: The Art Of A Nation

Explore 100,000 years of South African history.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 27th October - 26th February 2017

 

Explore 100,000 years of South African history through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks at the British Museum. South Africa: the Art of a Nation uses around 200 museum piece objects, arranged chronologically across seven key episodes, to tell the story of the region's history, the colonial period, apartheid, the birth of the 'rainbow nation' and South Africa today. One of the most significant pieces is the gold treasures of Mapungubwe, gold figures discovered in royal graves, four of which are leaving South Africa for the first time. Historic treasures like these are shown alongside contemporary works such as 'The Creation of the Sun' a stunning 2 metre wide textile, made in 2015.

 
 
 

Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun

Explore the weird and wonderful world of the Victorian circus.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 

Dates: 14th October - 12th March 2017

 

The British Library invites visitors to take a trip back in time this autumn with its new exhibition Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun. Through decorative original posters, handbills, advertisements and tickets, the exhibition will bring the world of performing pigs, magic tricks and pantomime to life, focusing on five colourful characters and their stories. These Victorian A-listers include Dan Leno, the original pantomime dame and 'funniest man on earth'; John Nevil Maskelyne, magician and manager of 'England's Home of Mystery'; and the great circus showman 'Lord' George Sanger. See how these characters and Victorian circus influenced the world of entertainment today. Additionally, every Saturday during the exhibition, a company of actors and performers will present archive material through the prism of contemporary performance.

 
 
 

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

This exhibition looks at the important role maps played throughout history.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 

Dates: 04th November - 01st March 2017

 

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line looks into how maps made the world we live in. The exhibition at the British Library sheds light on 100 years of mapping technology - from the original sketch of today's London Underground to the satellite imagery of the 1990s - and how it has monitored and shaped the society we live in. From wars to moon landings, it showcases extraordinary maps and the important role they played during the 20th century. Among the exhibits will be the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood, the New York Subway and secret spy maps.

 
 
 
 
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