British Library: Alice in Wonderland
20 November 2015 – 17 April 2016
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s most famous novel, the British Library dedicates this fabulous exhibition to the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland. Since the Victorian Age, this book has been a source of inspiration for many illustrators, poets and writers. Alongside the original manuscript by Carroll himself, the British Library re-discovers and re-interprets the much loved book through the eyes of different artists, such as Salvador Dalí, John Tenniel, Mervyn Peake, Leonard Weisgard and Walt Disney. Just make sure you don’t get lost in Wonderland!
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB, +44 (0)1937 546546
Design Museum: Cycle Revolution
18 November 2015 – 30 June 2016
Starting from the idea of the contemporary cycling scenario in Britain, the Design Museum developed an exceptional journey through some of the best bicycle designs ever created. The exhibition is not only dedicated to the improvement of everyday cycling in Britain, but it also shows the innovation behind the bicycles made for high-level competitions. That’s not to mention the bike builder’s workshop where the best independent British bike builders demonstrate how to create a bespoke bike.
Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD, +44 (0)20 7403 6933
Fashion and Textile Museum: Liberty in Fashion
9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016
Liberty is a leading company in London for fashion, trends and design. Opened 140 years ago by Arthur Lasenby Liberty in its famous location on Regent Street, this department store has always been appreciated for its luxury and sophisticated goods. The Fashion and Textile Museum are celebrating this anniversary with this fantastic exhibition; exploring the impact of Liberty on British fashion through the company’s style, showing some of the most iconic objects and textiles of Liberty’s history.
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF, +44 (0) 20 7407 8664
Tate Britain: Artists & Empire
25 November 2015 – 10 April 2016
This major Tate Britain exhibition is a critical perspective of the impact of British colonialism and how the British Empire has shaped art from the 16th century to the present day. Presenting almost 150 pieces of art, this huge exhibition combines the different point of view of various artists, both British and from around the world. It is a genuine and deep exploration through a wide range of objects – painting, flags, photos, maps, and more – that will allow the audience to think about the glory and the shame of the past.
Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG, +44 (0)20 7887 8888
Museum of London: The Crime Museum Uncovered
9 October 2015 – 10 April 2016
The Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum is one of the most inaccessible museums and in 140 years its collection of files have only been seen by police professional and invited guests. In collaboration with Museum of London, visitors have a chance to see an incredible exhibition and follow the stories behind the most notorious crimes ever investigated by Scotland Yard. Every single item is a step forward for a breathtaking tour of the world of crime and murder. The display gives a voice to the human side hidden in every crime tale, made by police officers, victims, and criminals.
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN, +44 (0)20 7001 9844
National Portrait Gallery: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015
12 November 2015 – 21 February 2016
Every year, the National Portrait Gallery hosts the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. This prestigious competition promotes the best contemporary photography, focusing on the most creative and expressive photographic portraits from international artists. It is a touching and engaging experience that allows the audience to go through various locations and meet an array of characters. Since 1993, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize features ordinary people captured in their everyday life. For the first time, there will be also be portraits of famous faces, such as the president of the United States Barack Obama.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE, +44 (0) 20 7306 0055
Victoria and Albert: Shoes: Plain and Pleasure
13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016
The extravagant topic was chosen by the Victoria and Albert Museum as a temporary collection that explores the world of extreme footwear, going back in history until the present day. The exposure consists of 200 pairs of shoes from all around the world. Alongside an excursus of ancient footwear — such as a pair of gold leather sandal from Ancient Egypt or Canadian’s embroidered moccasins from the last century — the exhibition focuses on modern transformed designs, playing with the highest heels ever seen, made by famous fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen or Christian Louboutin.
V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, +44 (0)20 7942 2000
By Andrea Fiorini