The Museum of Cambridge has announced Annie Davis as its new Director. It said Davis, formerly the museum’s Development Manager, will diversify income-generating activity and expand outreach and engagement work.
Black Country Living Museum has opened a new dedicated schools facility, which includes two classrooms and will allow for more workshops and lessons for learners. The repurposed space has been created in what was the museum’s former admissions building, after the opening of the Museum’s new Visitor Centre in September 2022.
A three year, £5m conservation project at the gatehouse of Caernarfon Castle is now complete and open, providing access to areas of the castle not seen close-up for centuries, Cadw has announced this week.
A new exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks will tell the stories of Basingstoke residents at the town’s Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery. ‘Our Windrush Story’ has been created in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT), which operates the Willis Museum, Basingstoke’s Caribbean Society and Friends and the Cultural Diversity Consortium and will take visitors on a journey celebrating the significant contributions of the Windrush generation in Basingstoke. Runs 13 May – 30 July.
St Paul’s Cathedral has launched a new exhibition to commemorate Sir Christopher Wren. Opening today (27th April 2023), it will mark the 300th anniversary of Sir Christopher Wren’s death. ‘Christopher Wren: The Quest for Knowledge’ commemorates the life of the mathematician, astronomer, physicist, anatomist and architect of the cathedral. Visitors will be able to experience and learn about Wren’s life through different senses including touch and smell.
The V&A South Kensington is to open a new sculpture intervention in collaboration with artist Thomas J Price. Eight works by the artist will be shown in dialogue with the V&A’s historic collection in the upcoming display ‘Thomas J Price at the V&A’. Figures on display include Price’s Lay It Down (On the Edge of Beauty), a larger than life-size sculpted head of a woman made of a polished bronze, which will sit in the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries amongst pre-Victorian busts. Runs 22 July 2023 – 27 May 2024.
A new temporary exhibition at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron tells the story of the lives of industrial workers in the Ironbridge Gorge from the 18th century until the present day launches on the 28 April in Coalbrookdale. ‘The Daily Grind’ examines the harsh conditions workers faced, alongside the brighter side of their lives provided by community, religion and leisure. The exhibition will be hosted in the Coalbrookdale Gallery, inside the offices of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Runs 28 Apr 2023 – 5 Nov 2023.
In ‘Return of the Gods’ at Liverpool’s World Museum, a collection of over 100 sculptures and objects will be exhibited to explore what it calls the ‘original influencers’. Objects on display include two-metre-high statues of Zeus, Aphrodite, and Athena. Visitors will be welcomed through a Roman villa, before entering a “dark and ethereal space” to explore the underworld in a theatrical display featuring the three-headed dog, Cerberus, guardian of the gates of Hades. Runs 28 April 2023 – 25 February 2024.