Tuesday, 31 May 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


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10.30am Storyscape-Interactive story session @ the National Gallery Free event (Education Centre Foyer); suitable for children under 5 years old (children must be accompanied by an adult); no need to book, but places are limited and allocated on arrival; lasts 30 minutes.

11am Colour Codes @ the National Gallery Free studio workshop (Education Centre Foyer); led by Robin-Lee Hall; suitable for children 5-11 (children must be accompanied by an adult); no need to book, but places are limited; lasts 2 hours; repeated at 2pm.

11am – 4pm Australian adventure @ the British Museum Free family activity with storytelling sessions (Room 91) and workshop (Great Court); storytelling sessions starting at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm; workshops: 11am – 4pm.

12 noon John Paul Jones – “I have not yet begun to fight” @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at the Atlantic Worlds Gallery, National Maritime Museum; given by Malcolm Mayes; repeated at 3.45pm.

1pm Flight Gallery tour @ the Science Museum Free tour of the “Flight” gallery (Third Floor); lasts 30′.

1pm Adel Sahnoun/Andres Garcia and Time & Tide Ensemble @ Southbank Centre An outdoor gig (bandstand at the Southbank Centre) with Mediterranean music.

1pm Royal Connections @ the National Gallery Free themed tour; meet at the Sainsbury Wing Information Desk; lasts 1 hour.

1pm From Medieval Sword To Renaissance Rapier @ the Wallace Collection Free gallery talk; given by Tobias Capwell; lasts 1 hour.

1pm Composers present @ Saint Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin New Music Series (donations taken at the end going towards the work of St Martin’s); works by Celia Harper, Julian Dawes & John Carmichael; lasts approximately 45 minutes.

1.15pm The introduction of Australian plants into Britain @ the British Museum Free gallery talk (Room 1); given by Brent Elliot; lasts 45 minutes.

1.15pm Art in Focus Talks @ Tate Britain Free talk on Mark Gertler’s Merry-Go-Round (1916) (Room 7); lasts 15 minutes.

2pm Colour Codes @ the National Gallery Free studio workshop (Education Centre Foyer); led by Robin-Lee Hall; suitable for children 5-11 (children must be accompanied by an adult); no need to book, but places are limited; lasts 2 hours.

3.45pm John Paul Jones – “I have not yet begun to fight” @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at the Atlantic Worlds Gallery, National Maritime Museum; given by Malcolm Mayes.

4pm Watteau: ‘The Scale of Love’ @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 33); lasts 10 minutes.

5.30pm Rubens in the Courtauld collection, 1608-1612 @ the Courtauld Institute of Art Free talk (Research Forum South Room); given by Clare Richardson, Kate Stonor; lasts 1 hour.

Monday, 30 May 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


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11am – 4pm Australian adventure @ the British Museum Free storytelling event (Room 91) and workshop (Great Court); Storytelling starting at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm; Workshops: 11am – 4pm.

12 noon The Day the Whale Fought Back – the True Story @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at the Atlantic Worlds Gallery, National Maritime Museum (1st floor); given by Karran Danks; repeated at 2.45pm.

1pm Furniture Highlights @ the Wallace collection Free gallery talk; given by Mia Jackson; lasts 1 hour.

1pm Wu String Quartet @ Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Free Park Lane Group Series (donations taken at the end going towards the work of St Martin’s); they play Dvorák and Janácek; lasts approximately 45 minutes.

1pm National Saxophone Choir @ Southbank Centre An outdoor gig (bandstand at the Southbank Centre) with an ensemble of saxophonists.

2.45pm The Day the Whale Fought Back – the True Story @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at the Atlantic Worlds Gallery, National Maritime Museum (1st floor); given by Karran Danks.

4pm An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 1); lasts 10 minutes.

Sunday, 29 May 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


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10.30am Magic Carpet Storytelling @ the National Gallery Free interactive story sessions (Education Centre Foyer); suitable for children 2-5 years; children must be accompanied to all events; places limited; lasts 30 minutes; repeated at 11.30am.

11am Saving Knights and Graces @ the National Gallery Free drawing activity (Education Centre Foyer); led by Al Johnson; suitable for children 5-11years; children must be accompanied; no need to book, but places limited; lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes; repeated at 2pm.

11.30am Magic Carpet Storytelling @ the National Gallery Free interactive story sessions (Education Centre Foyer); suitable for children 2-5 years; children must be accompanied to all events; places limited; lasts 30 minutes.

11.30am General public tour @ the Wallace Collection Free, gallery tour of the Wallace collection; lasts 1 hour; repeated at 3pm.

11.30am – 3.30pm Olympic champions! @ the British Museum Free family activity (Samsung Digital Discovery Centre) (limited places) (suitable for ages 7+); lasts 30-40 minutes.

12.30 pm RMS Queen Mary – a Model Ship @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at South Street, National Maritime Museum; given by Malcolm Mayes; repeated at 3.45pm.

2pm Gamelan Bandstand Performance @ Southbank Centre Free gig at the Bandstand, Southbank Centre, with Southbank Centre community gamelan players.

2pm Saving Knights and Graces @ the National Gallery Free drawing activity (Education Centre Foyer); led by Al Johnson; suitable for children 5-11years; children must be accompanied; no need to book, but places limited; lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes.

2.30pm Free guided tour of the “Medicine Man” Gallery @ the Wellcome Collection Free, guided tour of Wellcome Collection’s “Medicine Man” gallery; lasts 30 minutes.

3pm General public tour @ the Wallace Collection Free, gallery tour of the Wallace collection; lasts 1 hour.

3.45 pm RMS Queen Mary – a Model Ship @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at South Street, National Maritime Museum; given by Malcolm Mayes.

4pm Renoir: ‘The Skiff (La Yole)’ @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 43); lasts 10 minutes.

Saturday, 28 May 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


11am – 4pm Microbes and Me @ Wellcome Collection Various drop-in events suitable for all ages with hands-on activities exploring the science behind personal hygiene.

11.30am Digital discovery activities @ the British Museum Free family digital workshop (Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and in the galleries) (suitable for ages 5+) (places limited by availability); lasts 30-60 minutes; repeated at 3.30pm.

11.30am On the Trail of Apollo @ the Wallace collection Free gallery talk; given by Hilary Williams; lasts 1 hour.

11.30am Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour; repeated at 2.30pm.

11.30am Free guided tour of the “Dirt” Gallery @ the Wellcome Collection Free, guided tour of Wellcome Collection’s special exhibition “Dirt”; lasts 30 minutes.

11.30am William Hogarth – “Marriage A-la-Mode: 1, The Marriage Settlement” @ the National Gallery Free description session for blind and partially-sighted visitors (advance booking recommended – tel: 020 77475855 / E-mail: education@ng-london.org.uk); meet at the Sainsbury Wing Information Desk; lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.

12 noon Endeavour @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Oceans of Discovery gallery (Gallery 20, 2nd floor), National Maritime Museum; given by Dennis Peel; repeated at 2.30pm.

1pm Seurat: “Bathers at Asnières” @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 44); given by Jo Rhymer; lasts 35 minutes.

1.15pm Temples of Amenhotep @ the British Museum Free gallery talk (Room 4); given by Lorna Oakes; lasts 45 minutes.

2.30pm Endeavour @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Oceans of Discovery gallery (Gallery 20, 2nd floor), National Maritime Museum; given by Dennis Peel.

2.30pm Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour.

2.30pm Free guided tour of the “Medicine Now” Gallery @ the Wellcome Collection Free, guided tour of Wellcome Collection’s “Medicine Now” gallery; lasts 30 minutes.

2.30pm Daily Tour of the British Galleries @ the Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum: lasts 1 hour.

3pm General public tour @ the Wallace Collection Free, gallery tour of the Wallace collection; lasts 1 hour.

3.30pm Digital discovery activities @ the British Museum Free family digital workshop (Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and in the galleries) (suitable for ages 5+) (places limited by availability); lasts 30-60 minutes.

3.30pm Daily Introductory Tour @ Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of Victoria and Albert Museum; lasts 1 hour.

4pm Frans Hals: “Young Man Holding a Skull (Vanitas)” @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 24); lasts 10 minutes.

Friday, 27 May 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


11.30am Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour; repeated at 2.30pm.

12 noon Drake’s Coconut Cup @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Oceans of Discovery gallery (Gallery 20, 2nd floor), National Maritime Museum; given by Mila Brady; repeated at 3.45pm.

12 noon Ignite – Rocky Lawrence @ the Royal Albert Hall Free gig with country blues guitarist and singer Rocky Lawrence (Café Consort, Royal Albert Hall); lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

1pm Winding the clocks @ the Wallace collection Free gallery talk; lasts 1 hour.

1pm Flight Gallery tour @ the Science Museum Free tour of the “Flight” gallery (Third Floor); lasts 30 minutes.

1pm Spotlight tour @ Wellcome Collection Free tour focusing on the research done by the Wellcome Trust; lasts 1 hour.

1pm The Avalon Trio @ Southbank Centre Free gig with a sax player, a pianist and a percussionist (Foyer Bar – level 2, Royal Festival Hall).

1pm Felt Flower Corsages @ the National Gallery Free Talk and Create event (Room 21) (spaces are limited to 40 people on a first-come, first served basis); led by Sarah Tombs and Rachel Dow; lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.

1pm Royal College of Music Lunchtime Concerts @ the Royal Academy of Arts Free lunchtime concert (Reynolds Room, John Madejksi Fine room); Joo Yeon Sir-violin, Chen Chen-piano play Chopin and Schubert; lasts 1 hour.

1pm Free lunchtime concert @ Saint Martin-in-the-fields Free “Pianists of the World” Series (donations taken at the end going towards the work of St Martin’s); Aisa  Ijiri plays Debussy, Bach, Liszt; lasts approximately 45 minutes.

1.15pm The royal tombs of Korea’s Three Kingdoms period @ the British Museum Free gallery talk (Room 67); given by Seiyon Oh); lasts 45 minutes.

1.15pm Art and the Egyptian Way of death @ the British Museum Free gallery talk (Room 4); given by Carol Andrew; lasts 45 minutes.

1.15pm Object in context: The Piranesi Vase @ the British Museum Free lecture (Stevenson Lecture Theatre) [booking advised: call +44 (0) 20 7323 8181]; given by Hilary Williams.

2pm The Way of Tea @ the British Museum Free demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony (Room 92); repeated at 3pm.

2.30pm Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour.

2.30pm Daily Tour of the British Galleries @ the Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum: lasts 1 hour.

3pm The Way of Tea @ the British Museum Free demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony (Room 92).

3.30pm Daily Introductory Tour @ Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of Victoria and Albert Museum; lasts 1 hour.

3.45pm Drake’s Coconut Cup @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Oceans of Discovery gallery (Gallery 20, 2nd floor), National Maritime Museum; given by Mila Brady.

4pm Workshop of Dürer: “The Madonna with the Iris” @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 65); lasts 10 minutes.

5.30pm Kuricorder @ Southbank Centre Free gig with Kuricorder, a band from Japan playing mainly recorders and other wind musical instruments  (The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall).

6.30pm Pintorrichio: “Penelope and the Suitors” @ the National Gallery Free poetry workshop (Room 60) (limited to 40 places, first-come first-served); given by Mandy Coe; lasts 1 hour.

7pm Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour.

Thursday, 26 May 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


11.30am Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour; repeated at 2.30pm.

12.30pm Nelson and Trafalgar @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Maritime London, National Maritime Museum; given by Ann Stamper; repeated at 4pm.

1pm Exhibition talk: Antoine Watteau at the Wallace collection @ the Wallace collection Free gallery talk; lasts 1 hour.

1pm Animals in Art @ the Victoria and Albert Museum Free gallery talk; meeting point: Grand Entrance.

1pm Flight Gallery tour @ the Science Museum Free tour of the “Flight” gallery (Third Floor); lasts 30 minutes.

1pm Giardino Quartet @ Southbank Centre An outdoor concert (bandstand at the Southbank Centre) with two violins, a viola and a cello.

1pm Raang-Red, Gold, White and Blue @ the National Gallery Free storytelling event on stories of colour (Sainsbury Wing Theatre); performed by Peter and Gorg Chand; lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.

1.15pm The royal tombs of Korea’s Three Kingdoms period @ the British Museum Free gallery talk (Room 67);given by Seiyon Oh); lasts 45 minutes.

2.30pm Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour.

2.30pm Daily Tour of the British Galleries @ the Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum: lasts 1 hour.

3.30pm Daily Introductory Tour @ Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of Victoria and Albert Museum; lasts 1 hour.

4pm Nelson and Trafalgar @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Maritime London, National Maritime Museum; given by Ann Stamper.

6pm ‘Creative Writing and Art History’ – Publication Launch @ the Courtauld institute of Art Free launch celebrating a special issue of the journal Art History on the theme of “Creative Writing and Art History” (Front Hall, Courtauld Institute of Art).

6pm Midwives and doctors @ Wellcome Collection Free talk at the Wellcome Collection by Anna Ostrowska presenting issues on the history of midwifery; lasts 1 hour.

6pm BSL interpreted ‘Wellcome’s Hall of Fame’ themed tour of Medicine Man @ Wellcome Collection Free British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted tour at the Wellcome Collection; lasts 45 minutes.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


Future events

27 May 2011, 3pm Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906-1996) Exile and Agency @ the Courtauld Institute of Art. Free seminar (Research Forum South Room); given by Edmund de Waal, Sander L. Gilman; Jill Lloyd, Sean Rainbird, Ines Schlenker; lasts 3 hours and 40 minutes.  Requires booking by today, 25 May 2011 [ Contact: ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk ]

Today’s events

11.30am Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour; repeated at 2.30pm.

11.30am Daily public tour @ the Wallace Collection Free, daily public tour of the Wallace collection; lasts 1 hour; repeated at 3pm.

12 noon Butler’s Wharf @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Maritime London, National Maritime Museum; given by Paula Dellow; repeated at 3pm.

12.30pm Caroline Herschel – the Stellar Cinderella @ Royal Observatory, Greenwich Free gallery talk at the Meridian Courtyard, Royal Observatory, Greenwich; given by Simon Nosworthy; repeated at 3.30pm.

1pm Brief Encounter: Damascening and How to do-it @ the Wallace collection Free gallery talk; given by David Edge; lasts 20 minutes.

1pm Flight Gallery tour @ the Science Museum Free tour of the “Flight” gallery (Third Floor); lasts 30′.

1pm Morenada Bloque Kantuta @ Southbank Centre An outdoor dance performance (bandstand at the Southbank Centre) with Bolivian folk dances (morenada).

1pm Introducing Delaroche @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 41); given by Jacqui Ansell; lasts 15 minutes.

1pm Royal College of Music Lunchtime Concerts @ the Royal Academy of Arts Free lunchtime concert (Reynolds Room, John Madejksi Fine room); Caterina Grewe-piano, playing Haydn and Schumann; lasts 1 hour.

1.15pm Money in China: practice, policy and belief @ the British Museum Free gallery talk (Room 68); given by Iside Carbone; lasts 45 minutes.

1.15pm The Cult of Beauty; the Aesthetic Movement, 1860-1900 @ the Victoria and Albert Museum Free talk (Hochhauser Auditorium Sackler Centre); given by Stephen Calloway.

1.30pm Introducing Monet @ the National Gallery Free gallery talk (Room 43); given by Jacqui Ansell; lasts 15 minutes.

2.30pm Free guided tour @ the National Gallery Free, daily public tour of the collection of the National Gallery; meet at the Sainsbury Wing’s information desk; lasts 1 hour.

2.30pm Daily Tour of the British Galleries @ the Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum: lasts 1 hour.

3pm Butler’s Wharf @ National Maritime Museum Free gallery talk at Maritime London, National Maritime Museum; given by Paula Dellow; repeated at 3pm.

3pm Daily public tour @ the Wallace Collection Free, daily public tour of the Wallace collection; lasts 1 hour.

3.30pm Caroline Herschel – the Stellar Cinderella @ Royal Observatory, Greenwich Free gallery talk at the Meridian Courtyard, Royal Observatory, Greenwich; given by Simon Nosworthy.

3.30pm Daily Introductory Tour @ Victoria and Albert Museum Free, daily public tour of Victoria and Albert Museum; lasts 1 hour.

5.30pm From Simple to Complex Sensation: Drunkenness and Representation of Wine in Early Modern Painting @ the Courtauld Institute of Art. Free talk (Research Forum South Room); given by François Quiviger.