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The British Library will be putting on an interesting exhibition of maps, artworks and journals from the voyages of James Cook.
It was 250 years ago that Captain Cook set sail from Plymouth in his ship Endeavour, and this exhibition will include some of the original documents made by the accompanying artists, scientists and seamen on board.
Log books and pages from Cook's own journal will chart their crossing of the Antarctic Circle, and drawings by a Polynesian high priest and their navigator Tupaia will be shown alongside works by expedition artists Sydney Parkinson, John Webber and William Hodges, together with rare books and newly-commissioned videos.
Craig’s review of British Library – “The British Library is a construction of such monumental ugliness that it's worth seeing simply for that. Come and see the ugliest building in London! It's as if they've tipped a billion bricks into a pile and now they're waiting for the builders to start putting it all together. Only they won't. Because it's finished. This is it. Now it just sits on the side of the E… continued”
Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms – Every day – Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
William De Morgan’s Sublime Symmetry – 11 May to 28 Oct 2018 – Sublime Symmetry is an exploration of William De Morgan's clever use of mathematics in his ceramic designs
Sir Richard Wallace — The Collector – 20 Jun 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Wallace Collection's new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museum's founder, Sir Richard Wallace.
Michael Jackson exhibition: On The Wall – 28 Jun to 21 Oct 2018 – The National Portrait Gallery will be exploring Michael Jackson's influence on contemporary art in an exhibition called 'On The Wall'.
Learn about magic at the Magic Circle HQ – 9 Sep, 7 Oct and 4 Nov 2018 – Discover the history of magic at The Magic Circle Experience, which takes place at the Magic Circle's own headquarters.
Look for more museum exhibitions this month
If you enjoy British Library then you might like to visit Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Charles Dickens Museum), Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Dr. Johnson’s House), Globe Theatre (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Globe Theatre), Keats’ House (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Keats’ House) and Sherlock Holmes Museum (walk it in 30 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Sherlock Holmes Museum)
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